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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



Judith Grant, Ohio University Political Science Professor: “Structuralism in Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex
Wednesday, November 15, 4:00p.m. (Reception at 3:30), Guilford Parlor

Senior Capstone Presentations
Thursday, November 16, 5:00-8:00p.m., Senior Classroom, TVUC

Cheyenne Chambers, M.A., J.D.: “A Story of Perseverence”
Friday, December 8, 2:00p.m., Mather House 100


CWRU is home to a wide array of public affairs programming that may be of interest to the public and to students of political science.

For schedules of some of those events, please see the Affiliated Web Sites linked above.


November 20, 2017 Newsletter

Date posted: November 17th, 2017

Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of November 20, 2017
Registration for Spring Semester.  Registration for Spring Semester courses is under way.  Political science majors and minors should consult with their academic advisor(s) to discuss their course choices and their progress through the requirements of the SAGES Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Political Science.  …Read more.

2017 Political Science Careers Colloquium

Date posted: November 13th, 2017

Chris Hook, Budget Analyst for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (CWRU BA 2003, MA 2004), gave the third annual Careers Colloquium for Political Science Public Lecture, “Managing Change in Times of Transition: How to Adapt and Succeed for Different Attorneys General, Secretaries, and Administrations.”
The following day, he discussed internship and federal employment opportunities with political science students at the Careers Colloquium workshop. …Read more.

Major Ann Marie Smetona to Intern at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland

Date posted: November 2nd, 2017

Next summer, Ann Marie Smetona, Junior POSC major, will be an intern for ten weeks at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, which services both the countries of Switzerland and Lichtenstein.  …Read more.

Wellman Hill 10th Anniversary Celebration

Date posted: October 20th, 2017

Last Saturday, the Department of Political Science celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Program.  The celebration party, hosted by Professors Elliot Posner (POSC) and Gillian Weiss (HSTY) at their home, was attended by our double alumna Elizabeth Hill, her father Michael Hill, Cyrus Taylor, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, members of the Wellman Hill Committee, faculty members of the Department of Political Science, and our students and former students.   …Read more.

Professor Kelly McMann Promoted to (Full) Professor Status

Date posted: August 25th, 2017

Professor Kelly McMann was promoted to (full) Professor status in July 2017.  Her achievements across her career to date – her books, Corruption as a Last Resort: Adapting to the Market in Central Asia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014) and Economic Autonomy and Democracy: Hybrid Regimes in Russia and Kyrgyzstan (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006); her involvement in the international Varieties of Democracy project; her leadership as Director of CWRU’s International Studies Program; among many other professional achievements – have led to this well-deserved promotion.  …Read more.

Four New Political Science Courses this Fall Semester, Open to All Students

Date posted: August 18th, 2017

With two new faculty members this fall, the Department is able to offer new courses for our students.  Professor Girma Parris (PhD Johns Hopkins University) is offering POSC321 News Media and Politics and POSC389 Race, Immigration and American Political Development.   …Read more.

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