About the Department

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

8/18/2015 Assistant Professor, Paul Staniland, discusses electoral violence. Read the Washington Post article here.

7/28/2015 Congratulations to Assistant Professor, Paul Staniland, who has been selected as the winner of the third annual Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for his book, Networks of Rebellion.

7/24/2015 Congratulations to Kentaro Hirose (PhD 2013)! He is a member of the team to win the Society for Political Methodology’s 2015 Statistical Software Award for the R package “mediation”. Please see the full citation here.

7/23/2015 Professor Cathy Cohen is interviewed on the affect digital media and the use of hashtags have on "black activism." Read the Chicago Tribune article here.

7/21/2015 Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Ron Suny on his promotion at The University of Michigan to William H. Sewell, Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History. Suny and Sewell were colleagues at Michigan and Chicago.

7/9/2015 "Mearsheimer vs. Nye on the Rise of China." View the short documentary here.

6/24/15: Congratulations to Adria Lawrence (PhD 2007)! She has just been awarded the 2015 J. David Greenstone Book Prize of the Politics and History section of APSA for her book Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism. The purpose of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association is to bring together political scientists interested in historical issues and problems drawing from almost every traditional disciplinary subfield.

Congratulations to graduate student Roberto Carlos for winning a Clogg Scholarship! The scholarship is given to outstanding students in social science research for enrollment as a program scholars in the Quantitative Methods of Social Research Summer Program at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

6/2/15: The Social and Neurological Construction of Martyrdom project, co-run by Professor Robert Pape, is awarded $3.2 million by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to further study the brains of suicidal terrorists. Professor Pape is the director and founder of the Chicago Project on Secuirty and Terrorism (CPOST).

5/29/15: Congratulations to Professor Dali Yang, who was just named the William Claude Reavis Professor!

5/21/15: Undergraduate Aerik Francis receives a Minority Fellowship Award from the American Political Science Association, which is given to students wishing to continue their education in the field of political science.

5/18/15: Jonathan Obert wins the Burnham Award for the best dissertation in the field of Politics and History.



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