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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Politics @ UChicago News

Professor Robert Pape advises that New Zealand troops won't be enough to stop suicide attacks from ISIS. Read about it here.

Professor John Mearsheimer posits possibility of armed conflict with China. Read about it here

Professor Charles Lipson talks about Hilary Clinton's media strategy in the wake of the email scandal. Read it here.

Professor John Mearsheimer discusses U.S. policy in the wake of the ceasefire in Ukraine. Watch it here

Political Science News

The APSA's Annual Meeting & Exhibition will take place August 28-31, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Click here for more info.


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