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Charles Merriam

Charles Merriam

From the very beginning, the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago has been a pioneer in the development of social scientific understandings of government and politics. Harold Gosnell, Harold Lasswell, Grant McConnell, Duncan MacRae, Charles Merriam, Hans Morgenthau, Herbert Storing, and Quincy Wright all taught at Chicago.

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Political Science News and Faculty in the Media

1/19/16 It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Professor Emeritus Lloyd I. Rudolph.

1/11/16 Chicago Magazine (January 2016 issue) interviews Professor Robert Pape "How Likely is a Terrorist Attack in Chicago." Please see the interview here.

1/11/16 Professor Robert Pape on WGN: "Research team in Chicago analyzes patterns of terrorists as part of War on Terror." See the video here.

1/7/16 The Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new section of its website devoted to Equity and Inclusion in Political Science, featuring a library of resources and reading, as well as a message from our Director of Equity and Inclusion. You can find it here

1/7/16 Susanne H. Rudolph Obituaries and Tributes

12/29/15 It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Professor Emeritus Susanne H. Rudolph.

12/29/15 Congratulations to Professor Gary Herrigel! Gary Herrigel was approved by the Provost to assume the Paul Klapper Professorship in the College and the Division of the Social Sciences, a professorship first established by President Robert M. Hutchins and Dean of the College F. Champion Ward in 1950 as a way of honoring senior scholars who provide especially important contributions to the work of general education in the College. Please read about it here.

11/20/15  Assistant Professor Paul Staniland's book, Networks of Rebellion, was referenced in the Political Science @ a Glance blog post titled "Remember Daesh is a Network" by Deborah Avant.

11/16/15 "This Land Was Your Land." Read the article in Foreign Policy by Assistant Professor Michael Albertus, which links to his book Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform.

11/10/15   Professor John Patty is quoted in the Washington Post article by Chris Blattman titled "Political scientists are debating a new initiative to make research more trustworthy. Here’s why I’m skeptical."

11/10/15   The Black Voices section of the Huffington Post discusses a report released by the Black Youth Project on "ways young people of color are engaged in political and social issues in comparison to their white counterparts." Read the article here. The Black Youth Project is led by Chair and Professor, Cathy Cohen.

11/04/15  Chair and Professor, Cathy Cohen, is quoted in an article by the Associated Press titled "Half of Black Millennials Know Victim of Police Violence." Professor Cohen is also the leader of the Black Youth Project.


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