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

Schiller, Wendy J, Chair of Political Science

Steinfeld, Edward S, Director

Faculty Positions

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

Arenberg, Richard A, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science

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

Blyth, Mark M, William R. Rhodes '57 Professor of International Economics, Professor of Political Science

Branch, Jordan N, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Brettschneider, Corey L, Professor of Political Science

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

Cobb, Roger, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

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

Collins, Jonathan E, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Political Science

Cook, Linda J, Professor of Political Science

Gourevitch, Alexander H, Associate Professor of Political Science

Honig, Bonnie H, Professor of Political Science

Hooker, Juliet, Professor of Political Science

Hopmann, Philip Terrence, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Jost, Tyler, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science

Kau, Ying-Mao, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Krause, Sharon R, William R. Kenan, Jr. University Professor of Political Science, Professor of Political Science

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

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

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

Morone, James A, John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies

Orr, Marion E, Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies

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

Rogers, Melvin L, Associate Professor of Political Science

Schiller, Wendy J, Professor of Political Science

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

Skarbek, David B, Associate Professor of Political Science

Snyder, Richard O, Professor of Political Science

Steinfeld, Edward S, Dean's Professor of China Studies, Professor of Political Science

Stultz, Newell Maynard, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Tannenwald, Nina, Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Tate, Katherine, Professor of Political Science

Testa, Paul F, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Tomasi, John O, Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Theology, Professor of Political Science

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

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

Weitz-Shapiro, Rebecca B, Associate Professor of Political Science

Wong, Kenneth K, Professor of Political Science