About Our Department
The Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis strives to be a preeminent hub of political science scholarship. We are widely recognized for our strengths in theory, methods, and our growing field of international relations. Our faculty are leading scholars in their fields, and our PhD students go on to be some of the most productive in the discipline. Our undergraduate student body at WashU is among the top in the country, and our majors have their choice of careers, graduate programs, and professional schools. The department is nationally and internationally recognized for its research productivity. As of 2023, our graduate program is ranked #12 nationally by the US News and World Report.
Research & Teaching
Our faculty specialize in a variety of research areas within political science, including American politics, formal theory, international conflict, international political economy, methodology, and political theory. Across all these areas, faculty regularly bring their expertise to both undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom. Students have regular opportunities to co-author publications and research with our faculty.
The department regularly hosts lectures, workshops, and conferences to foster our intellectual community. Through becoming involved in residential life on the South 40, Faculty Associates and Faculty Fellows extend their interactions with students outside the classroom.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Political Science at Washington University is deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment, and to generating new scientific knowledge on diversity and equity in society. We believe that a diverse and inclusive academic community is essential to producing excellent scholarship and promoting student learning. We believe that all members of our community should feel welcome and respected, regardless of their background or identity, and we strive to ensure that all members of our community have the opportunity to succeed. We recognize that there have been systemic barriers that have prevented people from marginalized groups from participating fully in academia. We are working to dismantle these barriers and to create a more equitable environment for all. We are committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Department of Political Science. This is essential to our mission of producing excellent scholarship and preparing students to be informed and engaged citizens in a globalized world.
‘No Blank Check’ Book Talk with Andrew Reeves
‘No Blank Check’ Book Talk with Andrew Reeves
Weidenbaum Center Director and Professor of Political Science Andrew Reeves will discuss his book, "No Blank Check," on concerns over presidential executive power. Concerns about unaccountable executive power have featured recurrently in political debates from the American founding to today. For many, presidents’ use of unilateral power threatens American democracy. No Blank Check advances a new perspective: Instead of finding Americans apathetic towards how presidents exercise power, it shows the public is deeply concerned with core democratic values. Drawing on data from original surveys, innovative experiments, historical polls, and contexts outside the United States, the book highlights Americans’ skepticism towards presidential power. This skepticism results in a public that punishes unilaterally minded presidents and the policies they pursue. By departing from existing theories of presidential power which acknowledge only institutional constraints, this timely and revealing book demonstrates the public’s capacity to tame the unilateral impulses of even the most ambitious presidents. Ultimately, when it comes to exercising power, the public does not hand the president a blank check.Full Event Details
Save the Date for the 2023 Comparative Politics Annual Conference!
Friday, April 26th, 2024 from 8am-4:30pm
The Comparative Politics Annual Conference (CPAC) at the Department of Political Science, Washington University in Saint Louis, has the dual purpose of discussing cutting-edge research and providing our students with the opportunity to meet leading scholars in the field. The conference is held every year at the end of the Spring term. CPAC is generously supported by the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Follow us on Twitter to get updates about conference details and information!Full Event Details
Q&A with Johnathan Smith, undergraduate representative to the Board of Trustees
Gabel wins grant to study minority representation strategies
Graduate Placement Success
We pride ourselves on our job placement on the academic job market. Our placement record is among the top in the discipline: We place about 90 percent of our students with the majority in tenure-track positions.Graduate Placement Information
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