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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 the 2021 award winners:

May Evans: Kimberly Cameron, Isabelle Drayer, Haley Huamani, Caitlyn Lindstrom, Meghna Melkote, Reginia Miller, Brianna Silva, and Valentina Zuluaga

Honorary Awards: Cassie Coughlan and Gabriela Lopez-Gutierrez

Spencer Albright Book Award: Grace Kiernan, Genevieve Markee, and Manya Mirzoyan 

Richmond Award: Gabe Josephs

Spencer Albright Scholarship: Georgia Cabot, Kimberly Cameron, George Estrada, Iana Mezhibovskaia, Brianna Silva, Drew Strong, Benjamin Weiser, and Jake Winter

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • Chen Selected as Fellow

    Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, has been selected as a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow (2021-2023) by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

  • Bowie Awarded Grant

    Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science, awarded a National Science Foundation grant to continue research on judicial decision making.

  • Bowie Published

    Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science, published "Kelly v. US on Public Fraud and the Bridgegate Controversy" in SCOTUS 2020 Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court edited by Morgan Marietta. January 2021, Palgrave pp. 101-109.

  • Datta and Spires Host Webinar

    Monti Datta, associate professor of political science, and Bob Spires, associate professor of graduate education, hosted a webinar titled “Trust and Civic Engagement Matter: Connections to Human Trafficking in the United States” for the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. Watch the webinar here.

  • 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.

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: Sandra Brockway