Welcome to the Department of Political Science!

A Message From the Department Chair

Greetings! I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the Department of Political Science. Through our undergraduate and graduate programs, we prepare students for a future as leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. A Northeastern education combines classroom and experiential learning in a unique package of experiences and perspectives. In Political Science, this includes many opportunities abroad through faculty-led Dialogue programs to Geneva, Tokyo, Amman, Poland, and many other places around the world, study abroad, and international co-op. On the domestic side, Political Science students take advantage of co-op opportunities, internships, and our many course offerings in comparative politics, international relations, American politics, political philosophy, and public policy. Undergraduate students can choose among combined majors, minors, and joint master’s programs, while graduate students have several master’s programs to consider as well as a PhD in Political Science. These programs are delivered by twenty-five faculty with expertise in the major fields of political science as well as the research foci of the university in health, security, and sustainability. Our faculty and these programs are introduced through this website.

Please come and visit as well. After thirty-five years in Meserve Hall, in August 2015, the department’s office was moved to the 9th floor of Renaissance Park. Political Science faculty are now on the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th floors of Renaissance Park. Stop by to see our new space and learn more about the department.

Political Science News

CNN Republican Debate Analysis from the Lazer Lab

Professor David Lazer’s group, the Lazer Lab, conducted a comprehensive analysis following the CNN Republican Debate, attempting to determine which candidates truly stood out in terms of speaking time and message substance…
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PhD Student Michael Becker’s Article Selected for Special Collection for Lone Wolf Terrorism

PhD student Michael Becker’s article “Explaining Lone Wolf Target Selection in the United States” was recently included in a special collection of research on domestic and lone wolf terrorism…
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Professor Michael Tolley discusses the Evolution of Constitutional Federalism

On Constitution Day, Professor Michael Tolley gave a lecture on the changing Supreme Court interpretations of federalism over the past 30 years and the implications for relationships between states and the federal government…
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Political Science Events


Controversial Issues in Security Studies “Rape During Civil War”

Dara Kay Cohen speaks in the second lecture of the series…
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Controversial Issues in Security Studies “Transnational Threats and the Role of 21st Century Border Management”

Alan Bersin and Stephen Flynn speak in the third lecture of the series…
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Controversial Issues in Security Studies “The Rise of the Killer Machines: Debating Killer Robots”

Michael W. Meier and Mary Wareham speak in the fourth and final lecture of the series…
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