About Our Department

The Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis strives to be one of the best in the world. We are widely recognized for our strengths in theory, methods, and the rigorous combination of the two. The members of our faculty are leading scholars in their fields. The PhD students we train go on to be some of the most productive in the discipline. The undergraduate student body at WashU is among the tops in the country, and our majors have their choice of careers, graduate programs, and professional schools. The department is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the leading departments in the discipline. 

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. In many cases, students collaborate and publish with professors. 


The department regularly hosts lectures and workshops to bring together 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.


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Featured News

Andrew Martin Elected into American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to Chancellor Andrew Martin, a member of the Political Science faculty,  for being elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

The Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. Membership in the Academy is a significant professional achievement and signals true leadership in one’s field.  The last members of our department to be elected were Lee Epstein in 2006 and Norman Schofield in 2005.

Nationally Recognized for Research Productivity

In 2018, a study of faculty research productivity published by the American Political Science Association ranked WashU's Department of Political Science second in the nation.

The department’s strong showing was led by James L. Gibson, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government in Arts & Sciences, who ranked first in the nation in two categories.


Chancellor Andrew Martin welcomes students

Martin, who earned his doctorate in political science from Washington University in 1998 and later chaired the department, returns to WashU as our 15th chancellor.

Political scientists to study populist rhetoric as a threat to democracy

Political scientists to study populist rhetoric as a threat to democracy

Professor Carly Wayne Published in World Politics

Professor Carly Wayne Published in World Politics

New to the Department

We are pleased to welcome these new faculty, lecturers, and postdoctoral fellows to the Department of Political Science.

Meet our new Colleagues