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.
- GSU Political Science major, Clayton Sullivan participates at NATO simulation in Brussels, Belgium Clayton Sullivan (on left in photograph) spent this year’s spring break preparing to play the role of German defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, because he had been awarded a travel grant by the European Union Studies Certificate Program to participate at a conference in Brussels (15th Munich European Forum, March 22-28, 2015). Of… more »News
- Read an excerpt from Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette’s new book “Pulse of the People” on Salon.com In 2008, a historic election placed a Black man in the Oval Office. Many of the voters of this election were brought into the fold as a result of the Barack Obama campaign’s savvy use of social networking media, grassroots mobilization, and celebrities including Hip-Hop celebrities. Hip-Hop music was prominently featured in Obama’s campaign.… more »News
- Dr. Jennifer McCoy lays out the issues to watch for the Americas Summit in Panama President Obama will join 34 other heads of state from the Western Hemisphere in Panama today, including — for the first time — Cuba. The Summit of the Americas represents an extraordinary opportunity for the United States to deepen ties with like-minded democracies and a consumer market of 620 million people. It comes on the brink of normalization of relations with Cuba after… more »News
- Mock Trial’s Jezreel Amica Receives Outstanding All Region Attorney Award Jezreel Amica is a junior and the current President of the GSU Mock Trial Association. At the 2015 Atlanta Regional Tournament, Jezreel competed as an attorney for both the Defense and the Plaintiff teams. Based on that performance, she received the Outstanding All Region Attorney Award, which is presented to the top competing Attorneys… more »News
- Dr. Andrew Wedeman’s comments featured in the Wall Street Journal China Charges Zhou Yongkang With Bribery The former member of the Communist Party’s Politburo was expelled from the party in December. Prosecutors charged China’s powerful former security chief with bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets, formalizing Communist Party accusations against the most senior figure yet to be targeted in Beijing’s sweeping corruption… more »News
- Dr. Toby Bolsen featured on the Washington Post’s Monkey CagePartisan bias about climate change is more prevalent than you think. Why do Democrats and Republicans differ so much on the fundamental science of global warming? A key reason is the politicization of climate science. Politicization means emphasizing the inherent uncertainty of science in order to cast doubt on the existence of a scientific consensus.… more »News
- Dr. Ryan E. Carlin’s research featured on the LSE’s “USAPP Blog” Divided government shields leaders from blame for the economy but affords no quarter in the fight against terrorism. When disaster strikes, governments tend to be held accountable whether it is an economic disaster, such as the recent financial crisis, or a terrorist attack. In new research published in Comparative Political Studies, GSU Political Science… more »News
- Dr. Peter Lindsay featured in Chronicle of Higher EdIn his article, Dr. Peter Lindsay answers the question: Why should students have to come to class? Assuming they should be free to reject learning, what would be the source of an obligation not to? Click here.News
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