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

This year the Department of Political Science welcomes a new Visiting Assistant Professor, Matthew Hodgetts, enters the second decade of the Wellman Hill Public Service Internship Program, and honors our alumna Margaret Clossey (FSM ’68, BA POSC) , who will be recognized with the Distinguished Service Alumni Award  during Homecoming.

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 karen.beckwith@case.edu.


Review of Professor Justin Buchler’s New Book, Incremental Polarization

See the review of Justin Buchler's new book, Incremental Polarization, in Perspectives on Politics (17 (1), March 2019). Perspectives on Politics is a journal of the American Political Science Association. Incremental Polarization: A Unified Spatial Theory of Legislative Elections, Parties, and Roll Call Voting. By Justin Buchler. New York: Oxford...

Professor Justin Buchler Discusses the Reasons Behind and Implications of Small Turnout in Local Special Elections

Associate Professor Justin Buchler discussed the reasons behind small voter turnout for local special elections in The Toledo Blade last week. He also discussed what it can mean for the support of ballot initiatives. Read more about the reasons and implications of low special election turnout here!  

Political Science Professor Paul Schroeder to Speak on “China’s Precarious Rise” this Friday, February 15

Paul Schroeder, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department, will be speaking this Friday, February 15th, as part of the CWRU’s Center for Policy Studies‘ Friday Lunch Discussions. His talk is titled “China’s Precarious Rise” and will discuss the prospects for both China’s governance and foreign policy.

Professor Kathryn Lavelle

Professor Kathryn Lavelle Discusses Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Possible 2020 Presidential Run and the SOTU on Sound of Ideas

On January 30, 2019, Kathryn Lavelle, Professor of World Affairs in the Department of Political Science, discussed Senator Sherrod Brown's possible presidential run with Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas. Professor Lavelle also weighed in on the upcoming State of the Union address, Nancy Pelosi's agenda, and the...

Political Science Professor Kelly McMann Participated in Washington, DC Workshop

Professor Kelly McMann spoke on Friday, February 1 at a workshop in Washington, DC, organized by the Program on New Approaches to Russia and Security.  She discussed research she did with POSC majors Josh Bazzoli and Marin Exler that examined to what extent the Russian political party United Russia...

Professor Kathryn Lavelle

World Affairs Professor Kathryn Lavelle Selected for University-Wide Thinkers Group

On January 24, 2019, Professor Kathryn Lavelle was selected to be part of Provost Ben Vincent III's Thinkers group. According to an article by Nathan Lesch in The Observer, Announcement of Thinkers kickstarts strategic planning, Professor Lavelle was excited about the Thinkers program, as it "challenged to have some ideas in...