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.


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...

Professor Lavelle and her advisees spell out "CASE"

Spring 2019 Senior Capstone Presentations

Congratulations to the eighteen Political Science majors who presented their senior capstone research to fellow classmates, faculty, and friends! For more pictures of the evening, check out our Facebook page! Not pictured: Professor Matthew Hodgetts and his advisee Sarah Thomas and Professor Joseph White and his advisees Keely Newson and Anna...

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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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