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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 Award Winners

The Department of Political Science wishes to recognize the Political Science Seniors who are graduating with Honors for the 2021 -2022 school year:  Morgan Deckart, Sandeep Kumar, Meghna Melkote, and Jake Winter.

The following awards were presented at the Political Science Department Graduation Reception on May 7, 2022:

Best Honors Thesis:  Jake Winter

Best Paper Award:  Franklin Borre


The Department of Political Science is please to announce the winners for this year of the following awards and scholarships.  Congratulations to the 2022 award winners!

 May Thompson Evans and William Ney Evans Scholarship: Maeve Hall, Lily Miller, Kaitlyn O'Leary, Sokeara Sanford, Megan Schmitz

Richmond Award: Brianna Silva, Drew Strong, Eyga Williamson

Spencer Albright Scholarship: Davis Alcorn, Charles Blount, Addy Hailu, Hannah Hald, Maeve Hall, Logan Jones-Wilkins, Kaitlyn O'Leary, Chloe Steckart

Spencer Albright Book Award:  Cassie Coughlan and Jake Winter

Faculty Highlights

  • El Kurd Published

    Dana El Kurd, assistant professor of political science, and co-author Calla Hummel at the University of Miami, received a Centennial Center Research Grant to conduct research on graduate student satisfaction within the political science discipline.

  • El Kurd Selected

    Dana El Kurd, assistant professor of political science, has been chosen to be in this year's cohort for the International Policy Summer Institute at American University, June 2022.

  • El Kurd Named Senior Fellow

    Dana El Kurd, assistant professor of political science, was named a non-residential senior fellow at the Arab Center Washington. Learn more

  • El Kurd Published

    Dana El Kurd, assistant professor of political science, published the article, "Gateway to Dissent: The Role of Pro-Palestine Activism in Opposition to Authoritarianism," in Democratization.

  • Bowie Published

    Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science, published and her collaborator Elisha Carol Savchak (Elon University) published an article, "State Court Influence on U.S. Supreme Court Opinions," in the Journal of Law and Courts.

  • Chen Published

    Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, co-authored an article titled "Policy Stringency, Political Conditions, and Public Performances of Pandemic Control: An International Comparison" in Public Performance & Management Review.

  • Bowie and Cobbs Published

    Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science, and Alexis Cobbs, undergraduate political science major, published the following book chapter: "Jones v. Mississippi on Life Without Parole for Youth Offenders" in SCOTUS 2021 Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court, edited by Morgan Marietta.

  • Long Published

    Stephen Long, associate professor of political science and global studies, published, with co-author Jeff Pickering, a new article entitled "Disparity and Diversion: Domestic Economic Inequality and MID Initiation" in the journal Foreign Policy Analysis 18:1, January 2022.

  • Joireman Selected as UN Fellow

    Sandra Joireman, Weinstein Chair of International Studies and professor of political science at the University of Richmond, has been selected as a research fellow for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Read More

  • Chen Published

    Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, and Gengsong Gao, assistant professor of Chinese studies, published an article titled "The transgressive rhetoric of standup comedy in China" in Critical Discourse Studies.

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.

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Contact Us

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

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

Department Chair: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater

Academic Administrative Specialist: Susan Wolski