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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

PhD Student Michael Becker publishes article on Lawfare blog

Second-year PhD student, Michael Becker, was just published by the prestigious Lawfare Institute. You can read his article, entitled, The Foreign Policy Essay: Wolves Who Are Lonely, about lone wolf terrorist actors on the Lawfare blog.

A Diminished Role for School Committees

“A diminished role for school committees”
“Ed reform has put unhealthy squeeze on local boards”
An article on education reform for CommonWealth Magazine, by: John Portz

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Political Science Events


Colloquium on Postcolonialism

As part of the Colloquium on Postcolonialism hosted by the Department on Wednesday, December 3, prominent scholars Omer Bartov, Julian Go, and Liah Greenfeld are the featured guest commentators at a session restricted to faculty and graduate students at the Alumni Center (6th floor of 716 Columbus Avenue) from 1:30-3:00 pm. Professors Bartov, Go, and Greenfeld will comment on…
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Anthropology in War Zones

A Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies event featuring Montgomery McFate, Minerva Chairs, U.S. Naval War College

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PhD Student Matthew Cohen publishes article in The National Interest

Second year PhD Student Matthew Cohen just had his article, “Israel’s Big Decision: Time to Take Hamas Out?” published in the acclaimed journal The National Interest, you can read it here. Congratulations and good work Matt!

Dov Waxman

Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of the Middle East Center for Peace, Culture, and Development

Another Northeastern Political Scientist is published in The National Interest. This time one of our newest faculty members, Dov Waxman writes, “A Cease-fire or Quagmire in Gaza?” A very timely and controversial issue, but one that Waxman knows intimately. You can read the article here.