Department of Political Science

College of Letters & Science

Recent News

The new Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership will host a conference called “Leadership Across the Branches” on Friday, November 17, 2017. The conference will be a one-day public event at the Fluno Center. It will showcase esteemed individuals from both parties from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches at the federal and state levels. Panelists will discuss an aspect of leadership in their work and offer suggestions on where more leadership and collegiality are needed. For more information on the event, and to register for free, see View Story link -

Article in The National Interest on the importance of Russian Studies features work by Professor Scott Gehlbach and UW Ph.D. Evgeny Finkel - Scott Gehlbach, Evgeny Finkel

Professors Barry Burden, David Canon, and Rob Yablon spoke at the Madison Institute's program on "Partisan Gerrymanders and the Supreme Court."   - Barry Burden, David Canon

Brianne Wolf won "Best Thesis in Political Theory" in the UW-Political Science Department for her dissertation "Tasting Liberty: Affective Judgement in the Work of Rousseau, Smith, and Tocqueville." - Brianne Wolf

Sarah Bouchat won "Best Thesis in Political Methodology" in the UW-Political Science Department for her dissertation "Common Knowledge: Elicited Priors in Political Science." - Sarah Bouchat

Ryan Powers won "Best Thesis in International Relations" in the UW-Political Science Department for his dissertation "Macroprotectionism: The Causes and Consquences of Temporal Variation in Mass Trade Preferences." - Ryan Powers

Samantha Vortherms won "Best Thesis in Comparative Politics" in the UW-Political Science Department for her dissertation "A Comparative Political Economy of China’s Local Citizenship." - Samantha Vortherms

Prof. Ryan Owens won the Law and Court Best Journal Article Award. The paper was: "Courting the President: How Circuit Court Judges Alter Their Behavior for Promotion to the Supreme Court" - Ryan Owens

Prof. David Weimer won the Excellence in Mentoring Award, APSA Public Policy Section  - David L. Weimer

Professor Kathy Cramer's work featured in Slate. - Katherine J. Cramer

Prof. Kathy Cramer's book, The Politics of Resentment, has been selected as one of seven finalists for the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on government, politics, or international affairs. - Katherine J. Cramer

Professor Kathy Cramer's book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, is the recipient of the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section's award for the best book developing or applying qualitative methods published in 2016. - Katherine J. Cramer

Political Science alum and board of visitors member Amed Khan featured in On Wisconsin for his humanitarian work. -

Professor Kathy Cramer writes about the "great American fallout" in The Guardian. - Katherine J. Cramer

Prof. Ryan Owens in interviewed by Wisconsin Eye about the Supreme Court's actions today. - Ryan Owens

Professor Barry Burden writes about the importance of the Wisconsin Retirement System for keeping our outstanding faculty and staff at UW. - Barry Burden

Ben Toff's dissertation, "The Blind Scorekeepers: Journalism, Polling, and the Battle to Define Public Opinion in American Politics,” won the best dissertation award from the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association. -

UW political science major Diana Pavon was selected by the APSA as a Ralph Bunche Summer Institute scholar.   -

Professor Ken Mayer plays “stump the professor” with a group of kindergarten students in his American politics class. - Kenneth R. Mayer

Professor Dave Weimer writes about changing corporate taxation in The Hill. - David L. Weimer