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"A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
James Madison, 1822

Are you interested in law? Social justice? International relations? The world around you?

If so, then Political Science is the right field of study for you! Political scientists study power and the various institutions set up by people to help them live and act together - from legal systems and legislatures, to social movements and international organizations. Their understanding of power and institutions enables political scientists to act as agents of positive change in their communities and in the world.

Mission.The Political Science department analyzes the exercise of political power as it relates to governance, citizenship, and justice at all levels: local, national, and international. Insight of this kind is crucial to understanding, and potentially solving, fundamental social problems like war, poverty, and oppression in all its forms. In its teaching, the department aims to enable SLU students to assess the root causes of political phenomena, thereby preparing them to be truly men and women for others: informed and engaged world citizens and effective leaders able to make positive contributions to society.

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Political Science Department Hosts Election Watch Party


Isaac Singleton Undergraduate students contribute to research on St. Louis. In a new survey of 753 citizens, Dr. Warren and three SLU colleagues find that St. Louis area residents are treated better by courts in affluent than non-affluent municipalities. The study was funded as part of the Saint Louis University President's Research Fund. Dr. Warren trained Political Science undergraduates to conduct the survey. Click here for more information.
Isaac Singleton Isaac Singleton selected for APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of the American Political Science Association, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute encourages students to pursue academic careers in political science. Isaac is double-majoring in political science and communication. He serves as Vice President of External Affairs for the SLU chapter of the NAACP and is a member of the African American Male Scholars Initiative. He is interested in studying social justice issues with the African American community and sickle cell disease and its impact on African Americans. 
Isaac Singleton Dr. Morgan Hazelton receives Neal Tate Award. Dr. Morgan Hazelton’s paper “Quit your Complaining? Considering the Impact of Supreme Court Decisions on Strategic Litigants” received the Neal Tate Award for best paper on judicial politics presented at the 2015 SPSA Annual Meeting.
Isaac Singleton Dr. Nori Katagiri discusses new book. Following the release of his book “Adapting to Win: How Insurgents Fight and Defeat Foreign States in War,” Dr. Nori Katagiri discussed the relationships between Japan and the United States along with the direction of International Relations research with E-International Relations.  Click here for the interview.
wow Four Political Science faculty members receive Presidential Research Fund awards. J.D. Bowen received $24,537.85 for his project, "Political Economies of the Possible: Contesting Economic Orthodoxy in Latin America. Steven Rogers and Jason Windett received $25,000 for their project, "The Determinants of Gubernatorial Vetoes: Spatial Proximity Models versus High Veto Configurations." Ken Warren is part of a team of professors from Arts and Sciences and the Law School who were awarded $50,000 for a project, "Municipal Courts' Role as Revenue Source and Discriminatory Impact."
JDBowen Dr. J.D. Bowen receives Fulbright Award. Dr. J.D. Bowen received an award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a project entitled, "The Politics of Sustainable Development in Colombia: What is Development and What Makes it Sustainable?" Dr. Bowen will travel to Colombia in Spring 2015.
Bethany Glock   Bethany Glock receives FLAS Scholarship. Bethany Glock (BA, 2014) received a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to study Polish language and European Union Studies. 
Jason Windett   Dr. Jason Windett awarded NSF grant. Dr. Jason Windett is part of a research team that was awarded a $128,096 NSF grant to the University of Notre Dame. Other members of the team are Matthew Hall, Jonathan Crabtree, and Thu-Mai Christian. The team will examine the institutional foundations of judicial independence. 
Chryl Laird Dr. Chryl Laird publishes in top journal. Dr. Laid, assistant professor of political science and African American studies published an article, "Selling Out?: The Politics of Navigating Conflicts Between Racial Group Interest and Self-Interest," in the November 2014 volume of the American Political Science Review. The American Political Science Review is the top-ranking journal in political science. The article examines decision-making by black Americans within constrained political conditions. 
Subject and Object   Dr. Ruth Groff publishes edited volume. Dr. Ruth Groff's latest book was published in April 2014. Subject and Object: Frankfurt School Writings on Epistemology, Ontology, and Method is a thematic collection of classic works by Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, and Herbert Marcuse, designed to foreground the authors' philosophical concerns. 
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