Department of Political Science

College of Letters & Science


The University of Wisconsin Political Science Department is one of the nation's oldest and most respected programs. Our department is highly ranked in national surveys, and our award-winning faculty are known for innovative research on the discipline's most current and important questions. Our dedication to teaching is also apparent: we are one of the largest majors on campus, with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate instruction.

Recent News

Professor Kathy Cramer teams up with MIT technologists to record community conversations. - Katherine J. Cramer

Profesor Scott Straus was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio discussing politcal violence in the United States. Click the link to listen. - Scott Straus

On the Wisconsin Public Radio, Professor David Canon discusses the obstacles to voting and if anything can be done about them. Click the link to listen. - David Canon

Professor David Canon talks about the television ads in the Wisconsin Democratic primary for governor on Wisconsin Public Radio. - David Canon

Mark Copelovitch was featured in the Macro Musings radio show to discuss the politics of the global recession and the Eurozone Crisis. - Mark Copelovitch

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Recent Publications

The Effects of Malapportionment in Parliamentary Systems: Subnational Evidence from India
International Studies: Global Forces, Interactions, and Tensions
In the 2018 Midterms, Many More People Are Running – and Far More Seats Are Contested – Than We’ve Seen for a Generation
Geographies of Violence in Jerusalem: The Spatial Logic of Urban Intergroup Conflict
Institutional Dynamics and Nominating Processes: The Latest Twists on a Familiar Story, or the Emergence of a Brave New World
Tying Hands, Sinking Costs and Leader Attributes