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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


October 22, 2018 Newsletter

Date posted: October 19th, 2018

Opportunities and Announcements for the Week of October 22, 2018
Review of the Political Science Program. As we anticipate fall break, the Department is also anticipating an external review of its programs.  …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.

Fall 2017 Senior Capstone Colloquium

Date posted: November 22nd, 2017

On Thursday, November 16, Political Science majors presented their capstone research. Following the presentations, students and faculty enjoyed dinner and conversation together. Congratulations to all of the presenters on a job well done! …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.

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