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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: Maria Psarakis
Albright Scholarship: Maddie Bright, Kay Dervishi, Joanna Hejl, Colton Powell, Jackson Puckey, Julia Raimondi
Evans Scholarship: Claudia Ajluni, Chantel Baker, Claire Comey, Shannon Kane, Meghann Lewis
Richmond Award: Byongho Lee

Faculty Highlights

  • Health Policy

    Rick Mayes worked on Medicaid policy in the White House for George H.W. Bush before his time as a professor of public policy and political science. He can speak to healthcare policy, health insurance, mental health policy, rising pharmaceutical prices, health care consolidation, and clinician burnout.

  • Pribble Grant

    Political science and international studies professor Jennifer Pribble has been awarded  collaborative funding from the University of Costa Rica’s competitive thematic grant program for the project, “Social Policy During Latin America’s Expansionary Phase (2000-2013)."

  • Campaigns and Elections

    Ernest McGowen is a political scientist with expertise on voter behavior, political behavior and methodology, campaigns and elections, public opinion, and race and ethnicity.

  • Virginia Government

    Dan Palazzolo is a political scientist and is an expert on Virginia government and politics, campaigns and elections, Congress, and budget policy. His current research examines coalition building in Congress in an era of partisan polarization.

  • Media and Politics

    Allison Archer is a leadership studies professor with expertise in political communication and political psychology. As a former journalist and political scientist, she is interested in questions regarding the relationship between the media and politics.

  • McGowen Presentation

    Political science professor Ernest McGowen was one of 100 scholars to present at the Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) Summer Research Workshop and Planning Meeting at UCLA in August. McGowen presented on the effect of suburban residence on black political behavior, using zip code level census data and measures of urbanicity.

  • Dagger Book

    Political science professor Richard Dagger published Playing Fair: Political Obligation and the Problems of Punishment.

  • Joireman Grant

    Dr. Sandra F. Joireman, Associate Provost for Faculty, Weinstein Chair of International Studies, and Professor of Political Science, will be a partner on a grant awarded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for “Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World.” 

  • Roof Fellowship

    Political Science professor Tracy Roof is the 2018 recipient of the Robert & Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections Research Fellowship.

  • Erkulwater Award

    Political Science professor Jennifer Erkulwater is the recipient of the 2017 Best Paper in Identity Politics Award from the annual Northeastern Political Science Association conference for her paper titled "The Social Security Act and the Origins of Political Identity among People with Disabilities, 1935-1950."

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

Extra encouragementTwo Spiders — a mother and a daughter — saw a need in their community, asked how they could help, and then did.
Faculty and Students Research Kenyan Settlement SchemesPolitical science professor Sandra Joireman and Spatial Analysis Lab director Kim Browne traveled with three student researchers to Kenya, where they worked with the National Land Commission to digitally map Kenyan settlement schemes. Learn more.
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

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. Richard Dagger

Administrative Coordinator: Marielle Jones