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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

Congratulations to this year's award winners:

Albright Book Award: Meghann Lewis
Albright Scholarship: Jackson Puckey, C.J. Slavin, Jamie Earls, Joanna Hejl, Chris Cassella, Rubble Kazi, and Monty Thorburn
May Evans Scholarship: Lindsey Emery, Lina Tori-Jan, and Camryn Travis
Richmond Award: Claire Comey, Alicia Jiggetts, Meghann Lewis, and Samantha Schwartzkopf
Best Paper in a Senior Seminar: Rob Ryan

Faculty Highlights

  • Bowie Recognized

    Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science, received the 2020 Distinguished Educator Award for outstanding contributions to excellence in education.

  • Chen Published

    Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, published "Convenient Criticism: Local Media and Governance in Urban China" with SUNY Press in October 2020. 

  • Datta and Spires Published

    Monti Datta, associate professor of political science and Bob Spires, associate professor of graduate education, published an article in the teaching resource journal Education about Asia about their experience leading students in the Encompass Southeast Asia study abroad experience.

  • Bowie Recognized

    Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science and pre-law advisor, won the Teaching and Mentoring Award of the APSA's Law and Courts Section. Members of the APSA's Law and Courts Section noted Jennifer’s "fantastic work" in organizing trips to the Supreme Court for UR students.

  • Bowie Published

    Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science published “Flowers v. Mississippi on Race in Jury Selection” in SCOTUS 2019 Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court. 2020. (edited by David Klein and Morgan Marietta).

  • Chen Published

    Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, published a column in The Washington Post titled, "China's Coronavirus Response Could Build Public Support for its Government."

  • Roof Awarded

    Tracy Roof, associate professor of political science, has been awarded $5,250 from Virginia Humanities and $1,220 from the Princeton University Library for her new book project exploring the history of food stamps in America. Read more.

  • Datta Receives Grant

    Monti Narayan Datta, associate professor of political science, has received a $33,000 grant from The Achelis & Bodman Foundation to further his research on modern slavery. 

  • Joireman and Stubblefield Published

    Sandra F. Joireman, Associate Provost for Faculty, Weinstein Chair of International Studies, and Professor of Political Science, and Emily Stubblefield '19 recently published “Law, Violence and Property Expropriation in Syria: Impediments to Restitution and Return, Land.”

  • Bowie Published

    Jennifer Bowie has published “Understanding the Determinants of Opinion Language Borrowing in State Courts in the United States,” In Research Handbook on Law and Courts, edited by Lee Walker and Susan Sterett. (co-authored with Elisha Carol Savchak).

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
231 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

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

Department Chair: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater

Administrative Coordinator: Marielle Jones