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Welcome to the Department of Political Science of Case Western Reserve University.

This year the Department of Political Science welcomes two new Visiting Assistant Professors, celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Program, and honors two of our alumni who will be awarded prizes during Homecoming 2017.

We have a range of events planned for the Department this year, and we continue to offer excellent courses, funded programs that provide research and career opportunities, and a range of internships and internship support.  We invite you to explore the Department’s webpages to learn about our plans, our degree programs, our courses, our world-class faculty, and our recent accomplishments.

Please see Flora Stone Mather Professor Karen Beckwith’s Letter from the Chair.  Professor Beckwith welcomes comments and insights from our students, alumni, colleagues, and friends from around the world.  She can be reached by email at


Political Science Senior Capstone Presentations Tomorrow, November 14!

Date posted: November 13th, 2018

Political Science Senior Capstone Presentations
Wednesday, November 14
5:00-8:00 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center
Senior Classroom A
Join us for a night of presentations and dinner in the Senior Classroom of the Tinkham Veale University Center. …Read more.

Senior Instructor of Political Science Laura Tartakoff spoke at the City Club Youth Forum in October

Date posted: November 12th, 2018

Senior Instructor of Political Science Laura Tartakoff spoke at the City Club Youth Forum: The Role of Today’s Press. The City Club’s Youth Forum Council is a student-led organization that puts together forums on topics relevant to today’s youth and is attended by high schoolers from the Greater Cleveland area. …Read more.

November 12, 2018 Newsletter

Date posted: November 9th, 2018

Opportunities and Announcements
for the Week of November 12, 2018
Senior Capstone Presentations. As many of our senior POSC majors are preparing to enroll in POSC 396 Senior Capstone Project, several of our senior POSC majors are completing their capstones and will be presenting their work in progress at the Department’s Senior Capstone Presentation event next Wednesday, November 14, in the Tinkham Veale University Center…Read more.

Professor Joseph White testifies to Congress on Budget & Appropriation Process Reform

Date posted: September 4th, 2018

Read and watch Professor Joseph White’s testimony on May 24 to the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Budget & Appropriation Process Reform.  This is an unusually bipartisan effort to improve how Congress does its work. …Read more.

Professor Kathryn Lavelle Joins Team of Researchers Investigating China’s “Polar Silk Road”

Date posted: August 24th, 2018

Melting Arctic ice revamping world’s shipping routes—prompting China’s “Polar Silk Road” and study by CWRU political scientist 
Rising temperatures are melting the Arctic ice, opening new shipping routes and prompting world powers to jostle for access and control. …Read more.

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