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The Department of Political Science offers students the opportunity to learn the critical thinking, analytical, and communicative skills needed for understanding how government and politics function in contemporary and historical contexts.

Department News

Congratulations to Brenden Carol, whose paper "Options for a More Representative Electoral System in the United States," has been accepted to be part of the 2017 Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Conference in February.

Congratulations to Beth Ann Howard, our administrative coordinator, who was given the 2016 Eureka Award by the American Society of Administrative Professionals at their conference. The Eureka Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an administrative professional who has made innovative contributions to the organization for which he or she works. Beth Ann was also honored for her contributions to the University with the 2015 Outstanding Service Award for Clerical Staff.

Faculty Highlights

  • Bowie Research Featured

    The Washington Post cited Dr. Jennifer Bowie's research in their article on how Trump's judicial influence could extend beyond the Supreme Court.

  • Mayes Featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Dr. Rick Mayes was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discussing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Virginians and the future of health care reform.

  • Erkulwater and Pribble Article in Washington Post Drs. Jennifer Erkulwater and Jennifer Pribble's article on the impact of school choice in Chile and in cities in the United States was featured in the Washington Post.
  • Cherry Quoted in Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Dr. Kevin Cherry was quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, offering historical perspective on the recent Presidential election and inauguration.

  • Bowie Article

    Dr. Jennifer Bowie (with John Szmer, University of North Carolina – Charlotte and Donald R. Songer, University of South Carolina) recenlty published "Party Capability and the U.S. Courts of Appeals: Understanding Why the ‘Haves’ Win” in the Journal of Law and Courts.

  • Bowie Article

    Dr. Jennifer Bowie (with Elisha Carol Savacak, Elon University) recently published “A Bottom-Up Account of State Supreme Court Opinion Writing” in Justice System Journal.

  • Bowie Named Editor

    Dr. Jennifer Bowie was recently named as the new editor of the Law and Politics Book Review, which is sponosred by the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.

  • Sznajder Lee Book

    Aleksandra Sznadjer Lee recently published, Transnational Capitalism in East Central Europe's Heavy Industry, which examines the post-communism reform of state-run industries in Eastern Europe. 

  • McGowen Professorship

    Dr. Ernest McGowen has been invited to be a visiting assistant professor in Race and Ethnicity at Georgetown University for the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Carapico Book

    Dr. Sheila Carapico edited the recently published book Arabia Incognita, which uses essays to trace the Arabian Peninsula's modern history from Yemen's strong anti-imperial movement of the 1960s through the present series of conflicts.

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from political science faculty are being read around the globe.

Political Science Feature Stories

Mock Trial Team to National ChampionshipsCongrats to the UR Mock Trial team, who earned a bid to the National Championship Tournament for the first time since 2009. In addition, the American Mock Trial Association recognized Richmond with its award for outstanding professionalism and collegiality in competition. Read More

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Political Science
202 Weinstein Hall
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8529
Fax: (804) 287-6833

Department Chair: Dr. Dan Palazzolo
Administrative Coordinator: Beth Ann Howard