Political Science

The political science department at Brown is a dynamic community of scholars and students investigating some of the largest, most pressing challenges of political life today. Our faculty are at the leading edge of research in all the traditional subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We study many different regions of the world, and we engage a wide variety of methods and intellectual approaches. We have a vibrant PhD program that trains graduate students for careers in academia and advanced research. Our undergraduate major is one of the largest on campus, although most of our classes are small and allow students to work closely with faculty members. Our graduates pursue a wide range of different careers paths, including law, public service, business, education, and more.

Our faculty and students profit from the many outstanding institutes, centers, and programs at Brown that bear on the study of politics. These include the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Program in Urban Studies, the India Initiative, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Political Theory Project, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Middle East Studies, Development Studies, the Population Studies and Training Center, and Africana Studies. Together we are a community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars at the cutting edge in the study of political life. We are diverse in approach, method, and field of study, but we work closely together to foster new understanding and creative approaches to the political challenges of our increasingly complex world. 

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Faculty Administrative Positions

Moffitt, Susan, Director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

Schiller, Wendy, Chair of Political Science

Steinfeld, Edward, Director of the China Initiative

Faculty Positions

Andreas, Peter, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Blair, Robert, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Blair, Robert, Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Blyth, Mark, Professor of Political Science

Branch, Jordan, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Brettschneider, Corey, Professor of Political Science

Cheit, Ross, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Cobb, Roger, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Colgan, Jeffrey, Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Colgan, Jeffrey, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Cook, Linda, Professor of Political Science

Gourevitch, Alexander, Associate Professor of Political Science

Honig, Bonnie, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science

Honig, Bonnie, Professor of Political Science

Hooker, Juliet, Professor of Political Science

Hopmann, Philip, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Krause, Sharon, Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence

Krause, Sharon, Professor of Political Science

Locke, Richard, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Locke, Richard, Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

McDermott, Rose, David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations

McDermott, Rose, Professor of Political Science

Moffitt, Susan, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Morone, James, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies

Orr, Marion, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies

Patashnik, Eric, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Rogers, Melvin, Associate Professor of Political Science

Schiller, Wendy, Professor of Political Science

Singh, Prerna, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Skarbek, David, Associate Professor of Political Science

Snyder, Richard, Professor of Political Science

Steinfeld, Edward, Dean's Professor of China Studies

Steinfeld, Edward, Professor of Political Science

Stultz, Newell, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Tannenwald, Nina, Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Tate, Katherine, Professor of Political Science

Testa, Paul, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Tomasi, John, Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Theology

Tomasi, John, Professor of Political Science

Varshney, Ashutosh, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and Political Science

Varshney, Ashutosh, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Weir, Margaret, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Weir, Margaret, Wilson Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Weitz-Shapiro, Rebecca, Associate Professor of Political Science

Wong, Kenneth, Professor of Political Science