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

The study of political science is primarily concerned with political power, governance, and the state, broadly understood.  Our Department offers courses that explore political behavior, institutions of government, international relations and international finance, policy-making, and protest and revolution.  Our political science faculty employ a range of research methods and approaches, including elite interviewing, survey research, field and archival research, and comparative case study analysis.

Faculty specialties in the Department of Political Science include US political institutions; elections and political parties both in the United States and abroad; legislative politics and public policy; international relations with an emphasis on international political economy; the development and decline of nation-states; the politics of gender; constitutional law; public policy and public organizations; research methods; and comparative politics with regional concentrations including Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, and Europe. The Department offers degree programs leading to the B.A.M.A., and Ph.D..

The study of political science can strengthen a student’s understanding of the meaning of their citizenship, regardless of country, and can enhance a student’s appreciation of democracy, both at the level of the individual citizen and of the state.  The political science major and its related coursework can also build a foundation for many types of future employment. Many political science majors are preparing for graduate study or law school. Others intend to pursue careers in journalism, nonprofit groups, public policy, government, or business.

We invite prospective students to review this webpage and to read the archived department Newsletters here. We encourage 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.


“Democratic Regimes and Epidemic Deaths.”

Professor Kelly McMann and Daniel Tisch recently published “Democratic Regimes and Epidemic Deaths.”

Abstract: To what extent do particular regime types provide tangible benefits?  During this era of declining faith in democracy globally and assertive alternatives to democracy, identifying democracy’s tangible benefits is particularly important.  This paper reveals a benefit of democracy, relative to other regime types, in one issue area—epidemics. The paper demonstrates that democracy, compared to other regime types, lowers epidemic deaths in countries by approximately 70 percent, ceteris paribus…

Statement on Black Lives Matter, Protest, and Policing: Things We Can Do Now.

The Department of Political Science joins with the American Political Science Association in expressing our horror and outrage at the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and many others.  These recent cases are part of the history of police violence directed at...

Professor Kathryn Lavelle Discusses International Organizations with the Hudson Institute

Professor Kathryn Lavelle joined a panel discussion with the Hudson Institute on international organizations and the relevance of multilateral institutions. Watch Professor Lavelle and the other panelists here.

Professor Justin Buchler Discusses Public Opinion and the Impeachment Inquiry

Professor Justin Buchler discussed Gordon Sondland’s testimony, public opinion, and the future of the impeachment inquiry with Russ Mitchell from WKYC Channel 3 News. Check it out here!

Fall 2019 Senior Capstone Presentations

Yesterday, 9 Political Science majors presented their capstone research to faculty, students and friends! Find their topics here. Check out more pictures from the evening on our Facebook page!

Professor Kathryn Lavelle Participates in Panel Discussion on the Geostrategic Importance of the Arctic

Professor Kathryn Lavelle joined the Hudson Institute to participate in a panel discussion where she spoke about regimes and regime complexity in regards to the geostrategic importance of the Arctic. Below is a description of the panel discussion from the Hudson Institute: The melting of Arctic ice accelerated by global warming...

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The Department of Political Science successfully met the 2019 standards set by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

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