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 and Faculty in the Media

4/20/16 Prof. John Mark Hansen examines impact of Bernie Sanders on Hilary Clinton's campaign here.

4/20/16 Prof. William Howell describes 'perfectly legitimate' rationales behind use of closed primaries here.

4/13/16 See here for the Op-Ed in the Washington Post by Professor Mike Albertus.

3/24/16 Prof. Paul Staniland's book Networks of Rebellion is part of a Critical Dialogue in the March 2016 issue of Perspectives on Politics.

3/24/16 Prof. Robert Pape on the terrorist attacks in Brussels in the Boston Globe.

3/24/16 Prof. Robert Pape on the terrorist attacks in Brussels in The Atlantic.

2/11/16 Prof. Robert Pape and Dana Rovang of Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism examine familiar Hollywood narratives used in ISIS propaganda videos

2/10/16 Susanne H. Rudolph and Lloyd I. Rudolph Obituaries and Tributes

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

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.

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