Richmond Home

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 the following student award winners:

Spencer Albright Book Award: Gia Nyhuis
May Evans Scholarship: Isabella Brafman, Cady Hoffman, Avery Peters

Faculty Highlights

  • McGowen Book

    Dr. Ernest McGowen recently published African Americans in White Suburbia: Social Networks and Political Behavior.

  • McGowen Article

    Ernest McGowen, along with colleague Brian Arbour, recently published "Let Me Tell You a Little Bit about Myself: Biographical Appeals in Congressional General Election Campaign Advertising," in Politics & Policy.

  • Podcasts@Boatwright: Dr. Aleksandra Sznajder Lee

    Dr. Aleksandra Sznajder Lee discussed her new book, Transnational Capitalism in East Central Europe’s Heavy Industry, on Podcasts@Boatwright

  • Kandeh Service Award

    Dr. Jimmy Kandeh was recently recgonized for 25 years of service to the University of Richmond.

  • Mayes Featured in RTD

    Dr. Rick Mayes described the intricacies of repealing the Affordable Care Act to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • 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.

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

People powerAndrea Simpson focuses on African-American politics in her research as a political science professor. During the spring semester, she taught a senior seminar focused on grassroots political and social movements. Read More
Yoo PresentationDaniel Yoo, '18, presented his research, Political Theory, Cities and Statesmen: Aristotelian Regime Inquiry as a Means to Political Justice, at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Association conference.
Carol PresentationBrenden Carol, '17, presented his research, Does it Matter Who Draws the Lines? A Look at Commissions to Combat Gerrymandering and Do They Make a Difference, at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Association conference.
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. Richard Dagger

Administrative Coordinator: Marielle Jones