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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 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.

  • Simpson to Attend Seminar

    Dr. Andrea Simpson was accepted to the DuPont Summer Seminar at the National Humanities Center on Spatial Humanities. The seminar invites researchers from disciplines across the humanities to familiarize themselves with the emergent spatial humanities.

  • McGowen Featured

    Ernest McGowen was interviewed by WalletHub as part of an article on African American voter engagement.

  • Long Editorial

    Dr. Stephen Long penned an editorial for the Roanoke Times about ending America's use of torture.

  • Simpson Named Distinguished Educator

    Dr. Andrea Simpson was named a 2015 Distinguished Educator at this year's Colloquy.

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