Department of Political Science, Ohio University, Athens OH

Department of Political Science, Ohio University, Athens OH Political Science Department at Ohio University Athens, OH The Department of Political Science at Ohio University in Athens Ohio offers BA and MA degrees.

We have over 300 majors and minors and 50 graduate students. Political Scientists study questions about government, justice, the state and power from empirical and theoretical points of view. Our 20 faculty do research and teach in a wide array of areas including American politics, Asian studies, comparative politics, electoral politics, environmental studies, gender studies, international relations, law, political theory, public administration, queer studies, welfare policy, and race and ethnicity. A sizeable number of our faculty also participate in interdisciplinary programs. As a department, we are strongly committed to excellent teaching, diversity and innovative scholarship. Our faculty are among the best teachers in the university. Virtually all have outstanding teaching evaluations and most have won university teaching awards.

Mission: The Department of Political Science's mission complements Ohio University's larger mission of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. Through its teaching mission, the Department advances the liberal arts by offering the Bachelor's and Master's degrees to a diverse community of students. We seek to instill a lifelong commitment to learning, which empowers students to meet their responsibilities as citizens, leaders, and professional political scientists in a democratic society and interdependent world. Through its research mission, the Department faculty advances disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that is fundamental, applied, and theoretical. This research reaches a wide audience through books, scholarly journals, popular media, and professional conferences. Through its outreach mission, Department faculty members are leaders in the college, the university, the community, and profession. Across all of these missions, the Political Science faculty is committed to advancing diversity and human understanding.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. (via Teams) check out  this CLJC event with a moderated discussion of a short do...
09/08/2020
CLJC Supports #ScholarStrike, Hosts Virtual Discussion on Police Violence in U.S., Sept. 9 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. (via Teams) check out this CLJC event with a moderated discussion of a short documentary by Laurence Ralph (Princeton), “The Torture Letters.” The discussion features center professors who study race and the law.

CLJC expresses its support of the September 8-9 in #ScholarStrike, a 48-hour general strike “to make a collective stand against police violence (particularly against communities of color) in the United States.”

POLS Majors - you have an organization which will help you connect with your peers, alumni, and your professors; organiz...
09/03/2020

POLS Majors - you have an organization which will help you connect with your peers, alumni, and your professors; organize events; and explore career opportunities! Get involved now!

08/27/2020

We hope your semester is off to a smooth start! POLS students - do not hesitate to let your professors and advisors know if you have any questions or concerns at any point. Like always, we remain committed to providing full academic support to our students!

American Political Science Association's academic journal articles on Protests, Policing, and Race - all available to pu...
06/08/2020
Politics and International Relations | Cambridge Core

American Political Science Association's academic journal articles on Protests, Policing, and Race - all available to public now!

Browse all available academic journals, books and articles at Cambridge University Press.

For those who are looking for readings/sources on BLM (courtesy of Prof. Taylor, who will be teaching POLS 4729/5739 Pol...
06/05/2020
#BlackLivesMatter PGI Syllabus

For those who are looking for readings/sources on BLM (courtesy of Prof. Taylor, who will be teaching POLS 4729/5739 Politics of Race in Fall)!

#BlackLivesMatter PGI Micro-Syllabus Presented by Politics, Groups, and IdentitiesThis micro-syllabus brings together a broad collection of readings about the Black Lives Matter Movement, police violence, and subsequent Black political responses. The syllabus includes discussions about the origins o...

Our professional association (American Political Science Association)'s statement:
06/03/2020
APSA Statement Condemning Systemic Racism

Our professional association (American Political Science Association)'s statement:

The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have reignited protests and calls for justice in the United States and across the world. These murders are among the latest in …

04/09/2020

POLS undergraduate and graduate students - check out the brand new courses we are offering this Fall before finalizing your schedules!

POLS 4901/5901The Politics of Surveillance - T/Th 10:30-11:50

Dr. John Gilliom

Ubiquitous new forms of tracking, assessment, and data analysis have revolutionized politics, consumerism, law enforcement, education and other dimensions of our lives. This course invites student to join in “surveillance studies”--the growing intellectual movement exploring the political and social implications of these changes. We start with a series of readings and lectures designed to orient the class to the dynamics of change and the prevailing scholarly discourse. We then shift to form collaborative research teams that will pursue reporting and analysis on areas of surveillance that students identify as key areas of interest. The semester concludes with research collaboratives presenting their findings.

POLS 4905/5905 Minorities and Migration - M/W 3:05-4:25 p.m.

Dr. Myra Waterbury

This class will explore how states and societies around the world deal with diversity and cultural difference. We will investigate how and why cultural minority groups (based on ethnicity, language, religion, race, etc.) make demands for rights and representation from their states, and how and why states choose either to exclude and suppress cultural minorities or to accommodate and integrate them. Since one of the main sources of cultural diversity comes from migration – the movement of peoples across borders – the course will also look at the politics of migration (including refugees) and the debates about rights and belonging they generate: who to allow in, who to exclude, and how to treat people from other countries once they are living amongst you. We will use a combination of journalistic writings, first-person accounts, and scholarly arguments to explore these issues in a variety of cases.

POLS 4901/5901 Religion in American Politics - T/Th 12-1:20 pm

Dr. Lauren Elliott-Dorans

This class will focus on how religion and politics intersect to shape our political landscape and individual beliefs. From abortion to school prayer to national security policy, religion and politics interact to shape our political realities. To what extent does religion shape our politics – and to what extent should it? How does religion influence our political attitudes and behaviors? What events and social movements continue to shape our religious and political landscapes? In this course, we’ll take up these questions, as well as many others.

Great paid opportunity for POLS majors!
03/04/2020

Great paid opportunity for POLS majors!

This evening & Tomorrow!
02/20/2020

This evening & Tomorrow!

TODAY  @  3  pm! Come and chat with Political Science alumna Alison Thornton!
02/07/2020

TODAY @ 3 pm! Come and chat with Political Science alumna Alison Thornton!

POLS majors - check out this opportunity at the Voinovich School!
02/04/2020

POLS majors - check out this opportunity at the Voinovich School!

TODAY! Come and hear from Political Science professors about the issues surrounding U.S.-Iran relations, and ask your qu...
01/31/2020

TODAY! Come and hear from Political Science professors about the issues surrounding U.S.-Iran relations, and ask your questions!

Political Science majors - do not miss this event! Hear from our amazing alumni, and see what their advice is when you a...
01/29/2020
Career Week | Political Science Career Panel, Jan. 30 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Political Science majors - do not miss this event! Hear from our amazing alumni, and see what their advice is when you are crafting your career path!

RSVP by Jan. 23 for Free Business Cards Students are invited to meet and network with four Ohio University alumni at the Political Science Career Panel on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Bentley 233 on the Athens Campus. Meet with alumni and hear about how they …

Congratulations to Dr. Elliott-Dorans for receiving the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching!
11/21/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Elliott-Dorans for receiving the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching!

11/12/2019

Interested in securing a summer research internship?
Attend the “How to Find and Secure Summer Research Internships” Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4:30-5:30 pm, 35 Park Place, HTC Common Room
Monday, Nov. 25, 4:30-5:30 pm, Alden Library, CoLab 301U [repeat session]

Presented by Chris Lewis, Director ONCA and Roxanne Male’-Brune, Director, !Grant Development

Learn how to find opportunities; get tips for writing successful applications; and hear about some program highlights: NSF REUs, Amgen Scholars and DAAD RISE Internships!

Are you a POLS major? Do you need to have your advising hold lifted? Come to Bentley Annex 2nd floor to meet with an adv...
10/29/2019

Are you a POLS major? Do you need to have your advising hold lifted? Come to Bentley Annex 2nd floor to meet with an advisor, have your hold lifted, and have food/coffee!

Don't miss! Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, CEO of the Carter Center, will be on campus for the Baker Peace Lecture on Thurs...
10/21/2019
Elizabeth Evans Baker Lecture | Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, Oct. 24 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Don't miss! Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, CEO of the Carter Center, will be on campus for the Baker Peace Lecture on Thursday.

The Contemporary History Institute announces Elizabeth Evans Baker Lecture featuring Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Baker 240. “Peters joined The Carter Center as its chief executive officer Sept. 2, 2014. As CEO, Ambassador Peters provides vision and leade...

Political Science Students - do not forget to check out the Capital Internship! Deadline is October 14.
10/04/2019
US: Capital Internship

Political Science Students - do not forget to check out the Capital Internship! Deadline is October 14.

US: Capital Internship

Dr. Brandon Kendhammer will talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies today! The event is livestreamed ...
09/19/2019
Kendhammer Talks at Center for Strategic and International Studies - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Brandon Kendhammer will talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies today! The event is livestreamed here: https://www.csis.org/events/washington-humanitarian-forum-0

Brandon Kendhammer, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Development Studies at the Center for International Studies, has been invited to talk at the first annual Washington Humanitarian Forum organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a promin...

09/04/2019

An Event of Interest to the POLS Community:

The Ohio University Kennedy Lecture Series invites you to a discussion with documentary film director Julie Cohen on September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Cohen is the co-director and producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary RGB, which is an in-depth look at Supreme Court Justice and icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. Cohen is also known for writing, directing and producing nine feature documentaries, including The Sturgeon Queens, the story of Russ and Daughters’s smoked fish emporium, and American Veteran, which focuses on a soldier paralyzed from the neck down in Afghanistan. Additionally, Cohen is a former staff producer for NBC News, a Yale Law School graduate and an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited and are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

08/26/2019

Political Science Department wishes all the OHIO community a happy and productive new academic year!

On behalf of the Political Science Department faculty and staff, congratulations OU graduates!  We are so proud and can'...
05/03/2019

On behalf of the Political Science Department faculty and staff, congratulations OU graduates! We are so proud and can't wait to see what you'll do next!

Congratulations to Political Science first year student, John Wehrkamp, for winning a prestigious Chinese Language fello...
04/29/2019
Chinese Language Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to Political Science first year student, John Wehrkamp, for winning a prestigious Chinese Language fellowship!

John Wehrkamp, a freshman majoring in Political Science, won a highly competitive scholarship from Project Global Officer (Project GO) to support his Chinese language studies for eight weeks at Indiana University this summer. This scholarship is similar to the nationally competitive Critical Languag...

The trade war.
04/28/2019
The Economist

The trade war.

Many American jobs affected by China’s retaliatory tariffs are in places that voted for Donald Trump. That is not a coincidence

04/26/2019

Congratulations to Political Science's Dr. Elliott-Dorans who has won the Ohio University Provost Award for Teaching Excellence!

Who shares fake news?
04/24/2019
Business Insider

Who shares fake news?

11% of Facebook users older than 65 shared an article consistent with the study's definition of fake news. Just 3% of users age 18 to 29 did the same.

Opinion “we aren’t full.”
04/16/2019
Opinion: We aren't 'full.' The U.S. needs immigrants

Opinion “we aren’t full.”

Changes to U.S. immigration policy will happen eventually, because they must. The question is, how dire will we allow things to get before enacting rational, evidence-based reforms?

Bentley Annex Room 202. Undergrads who are interested should come and speak to graduate students tonight!
04/10/2019

Bentley Annex Room 202. Undergrads who are interested should come and speak to graduate students tonight!

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Undergraduate juniors: the application deadline for the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is coming up on January 18th. More information about the program is at http://www.apsanet.org/rbsi and below. 2019 APSA RBSI Applications Due January 18 Applications are now open for the 2019 APSA Ralph Bunch Summer Institute (RBSI). The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University and intended for undergraduate juniors. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or to those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups or issues of indigenous politics, sovereignty, or governance. Participants in the RBSI are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. The RBSI Selection Committee reviews applications and makes decisions during the month of February. The 2019 program be held from May 26 to June 27, 2019 at Duke University. Click here for application. Questions can be directed to Annalisa Dias-Mandoly at [email protected].
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