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.


Hear from Wellman Hill Grant Recipient, Sneha Darbha ’20!

Sneha Darbha POSC ’20, another recipient of the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grant, is spending her summer in New York City interning with the New York State Health Foundation. There she’s been researching ways in which grantees in underserved NYC neighborhoods can scale up their place-based programmatic work into advocacy at the government level.

Catch up with Wellman Hill Grant Recipient, Marin Exler ’20!

As a Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grant recipient, Marin Exler POSC ’20 has had the opportunity to spend her summer in Curitiba, Brazil, working for a local democracy research institute called Instituto Atuação. Here she works on creating research design proposals geared towards understanding democratic culture in Brazil and worldwide.

Associate Professor Justin Buchler Discusses Ohio’s Political Dynamics Pre-2020 Election

Justin Buchler, Associate Professor of Political Science, discussed the political dynamics in Ohio during the lead-up to the 2020 election on C-SPAN. He talked about Ohio as a swing state, the mischaracterization of blue-collar workers, and the crowded democratic field. Watch his interview here!  

Anastazia Vanisko (BA POSC ’17) Testifies to Ohio House of Representatives’ Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee

On April 23, Anastazia Vanisko (BA POSC '17) testified as an opponent to HB 6, before the Ohio House of Representatives' Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.  

Professor Kathryn Lavelle Participates in China-U.S. Summit

Kathryn Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Professor in World Affairs, participated in the 2019 CWRU China-U.S. Medical Summit organized by the Chinese Student Association on April 20th. She discussed Chinese-U.S. relations in respect to the trade war as part of the China-U.S. Relations panel.

Joseph Digby (BA POSC ’16) Receives Boren Fellowship

Joseph Digby is a second-year graduate student at the University of Denver. He is completing his MA in International Studies degree at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with specializations in Indo-Pacific regional security, strategic analysis, and homeland security. Outside of class he is a Research Aide at...

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The Department of Political Science was successfully reviewed according to Ohio Department of Higher Education standards in 2019.

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