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.


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...

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.