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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 this year's departmental award winners:

Richmond Award: Rand Irons
Spencer Albright Book Award: Kaitlyn DeLong
May Thompson Evans and William Ney Evans Scholarship: Victoria Charles, Emma Mulford, Madeline Smedley, Allison Toner

Kate Lawrenz, '14, was the recipient of the School of Arts and Sciences' 2014 David Evans Award. Lawrenz, also a Truman Scholar, is now pursuing graduate studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Faculty Highlights

  • 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

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