Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University. Our faculty and students examine the most pressing and enduring puzzles of politics and policy at the local, national, and global levels. With research expertise and a passion for teaching in all of the major fields in the discipline – American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law and Research Methods - the Department offers innovative and comprehensive programs leading to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees. Our PhD program is ranked #83 nationally among political science graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report.
- Dr. Amy Steigerwalt a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title selection Drawing on data from the U.S. Supreme Court database, internal court documents, and the justices’ private papers,The Puzzle of Unanimity provides the first comprehensive account of how the Court reaches consensus. Pamela Corley, Amy Steigerwalt, and Artemus Ward propose and empirically test a theory of consensus; they find consensus is a function of… more »News
- “The best Middle East political science books of 2014.”“Michael Herb, “The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE”“The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE” (Cornell University Press). The political effects of oil have long been central to the analysis of the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East, with the rents… more »News
- Dr. Jennifer McCoy has been appointed Interim Director of the new Global Studies Institute in GSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. McCoy is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University and a specialist on democratization, democracy promotion, mediation and conflict prevention, election processes and election observation, and Latin American politics. For the past sixteen years, Dr. McCoy has also served as Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program, leading… more »News
- Professor Jennifer Mccoy featured in Al Jazeera English Cuba: History is on Obama’s side. Four reasons why Obama’s Cuba announcement is good news. President Obama’s surprise announcement of a prisoner exchange and moves towards normalisation of US-Cuban relations today has unleashed some withering criticism.News
- Article accepted in Presidential Studies QuarterlyThe Presidential Studies Quarterly has accepted an article written by graduate students Jeff Glas, Sophie Zhu, Ben Taylor, and Professor Sean Richey titled “There is Nothing ‘Wrong’ with Kansas: The Effect of Race and Economics on Voting Correctly in United States Presidential Elections”. The article will be featured in the March 2016 issue.News
- Professor Andrew Wedeman on C-Span Chinese analysts talked about the recently concluded fourth plenum of China’s 18th Communist Party Congress. The meeting focused on strengthening the country’s Constitution and advancing a socialist system of laws through legal, economic and social change. anti-corruption efforts in the Chinese government. The panelists examined the extent to which those changes can be implemented, whether they are… more »News