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Letter from the Chair

At Northeastern’s Department of Political Science, we train future leaders to deal with the most important issues in the world: issues of war and peace, tyranny and democracy, inequality and prosperity. To accomplish this, we combine classroom and experiential learning in unique ways, through our Dialogue programs that send students abroad to study in Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Amman, and Tokyo with Northeastern faculty members, co-ops at all levels of government as well as in law firms and NGOs, and internships with local and national political campaigns. Read More >>

Political Science News

Graduate Student Matthew Cohen Published by Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

Matthew Cohen recently co-authored an article with Chuck Freilich that was published by the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. The article entitled, “The Delegitimization of Israel: Diplomatic Warfare, Sanctions, and Lawfare” is available here. This publication focuses on the delegitimization campaigns that Israel has faced and offers suggestions on what tools the country should use to counteract these attacks.

Political Science Undergrad Students Excel at Model NATO Conference

Several Political Science undergraduate students attended the International Model NATO Conference in D.C. from February 12th-15th. Northeastern students took home first and third place for the Germany and Croatia delegation, respectively, and were advised by Professor Philip D’agati. Political Science student Stephanie Leahy was awarded the Out­standing Chair Award for her leadership. To read more about this story in the Northeastern News, click here.

Department Chair Mitchell Orenstein in the Media

Professor Orenstein recently co-authored an article published by Foreign Affairs entitled The Hungarian Putin? which details the political actions of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Professor Orenstein was also published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the article Vladimir Putin: An Aspirant Metternich? which focuses on a comparison between Putin and Austrian Prince Klemens von Metternich.

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Political Science Events


The Paris Attacks: A Northeastern Forum

Please join us for a forum discussion concerning the Paris attacks on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The forum will include Professors Val Moghadam, International Affairs and Sociology; Dov Waxman, International Affairs and Political Science; Max Abrahms, Political Science; Shakir Mustafa, World Languages Center; and Gordana Rabrenovic, Sociology.​
4:30 – 6:30 P.M.
310 Renaissance Park


The State of Islamic State

This event is a part of the Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series. The speaker is Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.
4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
101 Churchill Hall


Prof. Benedict Jimenez speaks at the Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium

Prof. Jiménez will present his talk entitled,

“Separate, Unequal, and Ignored?: Inter-jurisdictional Competition and the Budgetary Choices of Poor and Affluent Municipalities”
04/06/2015 at 12pm

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Congratulations to Phil D’Agati & Ben Schneider!

Ben Schneider (’07 Political Science) and Professor D’Agati have been jointly nominated for an American Association of Political Consultants Campaign Excellence Award for innovative technology used in Oscar Camargo’s campaign (’08 Political Science/International Affairs)​.

The State of Islamic State

Don’t miss out on this session of the Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies focused on the Islamic State! The speaker for this event is Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. Mark your calendars for March 24th at 4:30 P.M. in 101 Churchill Hall.