About the Department

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, Leo Strauss, Leonard White, and Quincy Wright all taught at Chicago. Gabriel Almond, V.O. Key, Harold Lasswell, Robert Martin, Herman Pritchett, David Truman, and Herbert Simon—the first political scientist ever awarded a Nobel Prize for his intellectual achievements—all received their doctorates from Chicago. "The Chicago department was the cutting edge of development of the field of political science," Pritchett recalled of his days as a graduate student. "The students who were graduate students when I was became the leaders of the profession."


Much has changed at Chicago since Pritchett studied here, but fortunately the most important things have not. The University of Chicago and its Political Science Department have maintained the unabashed intellectualism, the disregard for disciplinary and subdisciplinary boundaries, the commitment to diversity of approach and method, and the pure appreciation of fine scholarship that have always been the distinguishing features of this institution. David Easton's recollections of the department ring true even today: "Chicago seemed like the Tiber River—violent rapids, churning, exciting, adventurous, and bubbling over with ideas. I felt as though I had come alive intellectually . . . . It was just one great intellectual high."


We the members of the department believe that Chicago is the most exciting and challenging university in the world. We hope you will come see for yourself.



Professor Cordelli has been awarded the 2022 Elizabeth D.

Professor Cordelli was awarded the prize by the British Academy for her essay Freeing People, Restricting Capital.

The Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (QMMR) section of APSA has selected Ordering Violence as the winner for the QMMR Sartori Best Book Award.

Professor Howell co-won this inaugural award with Professor Wiola Dziuda for their article "Political Scandal:


Read Professor Paul Staniland's article published on Lawfare.

After Putin: Russia’s president could lose power in any number of ways. What will the end of his rule mean for his own country, Ukraine and the world?

Read Professor Paul Staniland's most recent article, in collaboration with Asfandyar Mir and Tamar Mitts.

Joined by co-hosts and Harris School of Public Policy Professors Anthony Fowler and Wiolleta Dziuda.

University of Chicago professor Robert Pape has spent the past year and a half examining the January 6 insurrectionists — and sounding the alarm about the future of democracy.