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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.

Faculty Highlights

  • Simon Chapter

    Political science professor Stephen Simon published the chapter “Why Do International Human Rights Matter in American Decision Making?” in Human Rights and Legal Judgments: The American Story.

  • Joireman Article Dr. Sandra Joireman published, “Intergenerational land conflict in northern Uganda: children, customary law and return migration,” in the journal Africa.
  • Joireman Article

    Dr. Sandra Joireman recently published Protecting future rights for future citizens: children’s property rights in fragile environment, in Oxford Development Studies.

  • Pribble Article

    Dr. Jenny Pribble coauthored an opinion piece in The Washington Post on Chile's election of a new president.

  • Carapico Featured Expert

    Dr. Sheila Carapico shared her expertise on Yemen with multiple media outlets, including ThinkProgress, after the death of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

  • Joireman Article

    Dr. Sandra Joireman recently published "Ethnic Violence, Local Security and Return Migration: Enclave communities in Kosovo" in International Migration.

  • Palazzolo on Podcast

    Dr. Daniel Palazzolo participated in the podcast, "How to Think Like a Political Scientist," part of the National Humanities Center's educcational initiative, "Humanities in Class."

  • McGowen Book

    Dr. Ernest McGowen recently published African Americans in White Suburbia: Social Networks and Political Behavior.

  • McGowen Article

    Ernest McGowen, along with colleague Brian Arbour, recently published "Let Me Tell You a Little Bit about Myself: Biographical Appeals in Congressional General Election Campaign Advertising," in Politics & Policy.

  • Podcasts@Boatwright: Dr. Aleksandra Sznajder Lee

    Dr. Aleksandra Sznajder Lee discussed her new book, Transnational Capitalism in East Central Europe’s Heavy Industry, on Podcasts@Boatwright

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

People powerAndrea Simpson focuses on African-American politics in her research as a political science professor. During the spring semester, she taught a senior seminar focused on grassroots political and social movements. Read More
Yoo PresentationDaniel Yoo, '18, presented his research, Political Theory, Cities and Statesmen: Aristotelian Regime Inquiry as a Means to Political Justice, at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Association conference.
Carol PresentationBrenden Carol, '17, presented his research, Does it Matter Who Draws the Lines? A Look at Commissions to Combat Gerrymandering and Do They Make a Difference, at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Association conference.
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. Richard Dagger

Administrative Coordinator: Marielle Jones