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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

Beth Ann Howard, the Administrative Coordinator of the Department of Political Science, is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Service Award for Clerical Staff. The award recognizes staff for outstanding service, loyalty, and dedication to the University of Richmond community. Ms. Howard has distinguished herself for extraordinary service within the department and across the University, administrative leadership within the School of Arts and Sciences, teamwork in a variety of settings, and her positive and cooperative spirit.

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • Pribble wins OIE Education Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Pribble, who received the Office of International Education's 2014 International Education Award for faculty.

  • Simon publishes first book Dr. Stephen Simon recently published his first book, Universal Rights and the Constitution.
  • Wang organizes International Studies Association conference

    This fall, Dr. Vincent Wang organized a two-day conference for the International Studies Association—South. Students Sequioa Roscoe, Sally Hett, Gargi Vyas and Estelle Ou participated in panels and helped run the conference.

  • Palazzolo recognized for 25 years Dr. Dan Palazzolo was recently recognized for 25 years of service to the University.
  • Datta publishes book on anti-Americanism

    Dr. Monti Datta published the book, Anti-Americanism and the Rise of World Opinion in May 2014.

  • Bowie publishes new book

    Dr. Jennifer Bowie recently published The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals with coauthors Donald R. Songer and John Szmer. She spoke about it in a Boatwright Libraries Podcast.

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