What part of your life IS NOT influenced by politics or public policy?

Come engage our political science professors and students in this discussion through our courses and research. Blake Hall holds an exclusive spot near the Chancellor's residence hugging the edge of the hill and all are welcome to our corner of the campus. Use the links on this page to begin charting your future path in the private, public, or non-profit sector. We can create opportunities for you!

The Department of Political Science offers degrees for undergraduate (B.A., B.G.S.) and graduate (M.A., Ph.D.) students. If you have questions about our graduate or undergraduate programs, we invite you to contact us. Our Graduate Director is Associate Professor Mark Joslyn and our Undergraduate Director is Associate Professor Christina Bejarano. Our course offerings are grouped according to subfields which represent our discipline: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public Policy and Political Theory.   People who are interested in joining our department are invited to peruse our faculty and graduate student listing in order to contact people who share their interest.

Don Haider-Markel, Professor & Chair


Upcoming Events
Two former KU students and SAB members; two young professionals. Join in the conversation this Friday (4/3) 12:00-1:15pm and maybe we can calm some of that post-graduate anxiety for you.
Pizza & Politics: How to Make it as a Young Professional
Friday, April 3rd 12:00pm-1:15pm Kansas Room, 6th Level of the Kansas Union Come late. Leave early. Just don't miss out! Guests: Caitlin Doornbos and Evan Gates were both students at the university two years ago - in fact, both work for the @[77369951518:274:Dole Institute of Politics]! Today, both have considerable experience under their belts having launched successful careers in journalism and politics. Evan Gates has worked as a campaign staffer in Kentucky for Democratic senatorial candidate, Alison Grimes. She then moved to Pennsylvania to work for then-candidate, Governor Tom Wolf, in the Democratic primaries. During the 2014 elections in Kansas, she worked with Kansas Grassroots, a political consulting firm organizing with unions, political action committees and Democratic campaigns across the state. Cailtin Doornbos remained in Lawrence since graduating from KU. At the Lawrence Journal World newspaper, she is the Public Safety Reporter. Her job brings here into the courtroom, to the scene of the crime, and into interviews with extremely interesting people. She has also worked with the Topeka Capital Journal reporting on Kansas statehouse politics.

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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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