Political Science faculty is active in research centers around campus, including the Asian Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Human Rights and Democracy, and Middle East Studies centers.
Comparative Politics studies the effects of political culture, institutions and individual decision-making in different political systems around the world. This field also examines how political processes and structures vary across counties and the historical development of these political processes and structures.
Comparative Politics analyses the political behavior and preferences of both political leaders and ordinary citizens. Major themes include the study of war and peace, democracy, dictatorship, regime change and economic development.
Although a separate subfield from International Relations, Comparative Politics often touches on both the domestic origins of foreign policy and the impact of the international system on domestic political behaviors and outcomes.
The study of International Relations analyzes how states in the international system relate to one another. What explains international conflict or cooperation? Why do states choose a particular course of foreign policy? Why do they join international organizations? How do international organizations work?
International Relations builds on insights from Comparative Politics to make larger claims about global politics and the world in which we live.
Our Comparative Politics and International Relations faculty conduct research on virtually every world region. Key areas of interest include comparative democratization, comparative political behavior, the study of civil war, post-conflict peace building and reconciliation, comparative and international political economy, international and comparative energy policy, international security, human rights, corruption and development, and NGOs in world politics.
Our faculty’s work has been published by the discipline’s leading journals and book presses and is supported by prestigious funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Scholarship by members of the department has been cited in leading media outlets, and faculty members have been active in professional consulting with such agencies as the Carter Center and the United Nations. Recently a faculty member served as a fellow for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars' Kissinger Institute for China and the United States.
The Political Science field of Public Law seeks to broadly comprehend how legal systems and actors influence and are influenced by politics and society.
What factors influence the decisions judges make and how do judicial decisions influence other actors in the political system? How do social movements influence the development of law over time? How and why are some groups disadvantaged in the legal system more than others? How and why do legal systems operate similarly and differently in different states and countries? These are among the many questions addressed by students and scholars of Public Law.
In addition to developing advanced critical thinking skills, students taking courses in Public Law through our Pre-Law Concentration gain the foundational knowledge necessary for thriving in law school and all law-related professions.
Our Public Law faculty members research judicial politics from both an American and comparative angle. Their areas of interest include federal and state judicial selection, judicial decision-making, the influence of courts on economic and social policy, the role of litigants and outside actors, international law, transitional justice and constitutional theory. Our faculty work has been published in the discipline’s leading journals and book presses and has been supported by prestigious funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation. This scholarship has been cited in leading media outlets.
American Politics courses use historical and contemporary examples to understand the political system the founders established, and the ways it has shaped politics. We examine institutions, parties, voting, protest, the media, social values, policy processes, law, inequality and group diversity — as well as how these interact to create the dynamics of American politics today.
Our American Politics faculty’s research interests include political institutions, political behavior and communication, campaigns and elections, legislative behavior, and judicial politics. Their work has been published in the discipline’s leading journals and book presses and has been supported by prestigious funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation and Fulbright Program. The American Politics faculty routinely serve as invited commentators on state and national election coverage shows, and their scholarship has been cited in leading media outlets.
Political Theory helps us better understand the concepts that have shaped our politics, including freedom, equality, individuality, democracy and justice. Importantly, Political Theory is the part of Political Science that explores what a better political world would look like and how we can create it. Political Theory frequently involves critiques of our present political reality and may even take explicitly political positions.
Whether we study philosophical treatises, political pamphlets or speeches, Political Theory always involves a reflection on one’s own and others’ political principles. The hope is that such critical reflection can contribute to all of us becoming more engaged citizens.
Our Political Theory faculty’s research interests include modern and democratic political theory, political philosophy and higher education. Their work has been published in the discipline’s leading journals and book presses.
The Zoukis Research Collaborative encourages and supports scholarly research into all aspects of mandatory sentencing and related tough-on-crime policies.
Research pool participation is critical to the production of high-quality research generated by the faculty and graduate students in the Department of Political Science.
The Department of Political Science at Georgia State offers the services of our state-of-the-art polling center to companies and organizations outside of the university.
The RCII is a unique, interactive tool that incorporates four broad dimensions: Governance, Economics, Operations, and Society (GEOS).