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Graduate Programs

We believe that often the most interesting and important political questions transcend disciplinary fields and encourage faculty and students to work at these intersections. We are committed to cross-field fertilization and intradisciplinary work.

The cross-field commitments of the department are reflected in the graduate curriculum. We are committed to maintaining graduate program excellence in the traditional fields (American politics, comparative politics, contemporary social and political theory, history of political thought, intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary political studies, international relations, public law, and public policy and administration). In addition, we offer coursework and encourage doctoral students to pursue research questions that cross the domains of two or more fields.  Course offerings include broad survey courses of the fields as well as the following cross-field seminars: Comparative Democratization; Collective Action and Political Change; Political Participation; Foundings; Violence and the State; Nationalism; Political Dissent; Language and Politics; Feminist Theory and Politics; Technology, Power, and Governance; International Environmental Politics; Civic Political Engagement; Democracy and the Public Sphere.

Want to learn more about our current students? Visit our graduate student page for a quick overview of current students or browse through some recent dissertations! Our Placement History also documents some of the institutions and programs where our alumni have secured fellowships or tenure-track positions.

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