Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science

Political science is the empirical and theoretical study of systems of governance and power, political attitudes and behavior, and public policy and law, both abroad and in the United States. The Department of Political Science teaches students the critical thinking, analytical, and communicative skills needed for understanding how governments and politics function in contemporary and historical contexts. Alumni of the department work in fields related to government, public administration, business, law, and policy research and advocacy.


Digital Repression lecture

Digital Repression: Sustaining and Spreading Autocracy around the World - With Dr. Rachel Vanderhill

All are invited to attend the presentation ”Digital Repression: Sustaining and Spreading Autocracy around the World” by Dr. Rachel Vanderhill of Wofford College.  She will be discussing the use of digital media to promote authoritarianism and efforts to combat its misuse.  


Faculty Highlights

Dr. Sandra F. Joireman
Joireman Published

Sandra Joireman, professor of political science and Weinstein Chair of International Studies, published the article "Post-conflict Restitution of Customary Land: Guidelines and Trajectories of Change" in World Development.

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Dr. Jennifer Bowie
Bowie Published

Jennifer Bowie, associate professor of political science, published the article "Hierarchical Interactions and Compliance in Comparative Courts” in Political Research Quarterly.

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Dr. Dana El Kurd
El Kurd Published

Dana El Kurd, assistant professor of political science, published the article "Elusive decolonisation of IR in the Arab world" in Review of International Studies.

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Dr. Dan Chen
Chen Awarded

Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, received a 2023 Spring Centennial Center Research Grant from the American Political Science Association.

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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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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. Tracy Roof

Academic Administrative Specialist: Susan Wolski