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

We have a range of events planned for the Department this year and will continue to offer excellent courses, research and career opportunity programs, 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.

Professor Karen Beckwith, Chair of Department, is on sabbatical for the Fall 2019 semester; Professor Elliot Posner will step in as Acting Chair.  Professor Posner welcomes comments and insights from our students, alumni, colleagues, and friends from around the world.  He can be reached by email at elliot.posner@case.edu.


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...

2019 Constitution Day Forum Video: Battle for the Ballot Box

The CWRU Student Constitution Discussion Roundtable welcomed Alora Thomas-Lundborg, J.D., Senior Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Voting Rights Project, and Hans von Spakowsky, J.D., manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative and a Senior Legal Fellow at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial...

Professor Kathryn Lavelle

Professor Kathryn Lavelle Travels to Tromsø, Norway to Investigate China’s Influence on the Governance of the Arctic

As part of a team of researchers investigating China's "Polar Silk Road," Professor Kathryn Lavelle took a trip to Tromsø, Norway last month as the first of several planned trips to investigate the international efforts to govern the Arctic and China's growing influence on them. She met with business...

Professor Elliot Posner Receives Honorable Mention from APSA’s International Collaboration Section of 2019 Best Book Award for “Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance, and Power”

Professor Elliot Posner, Acting Political Science Department Chair for Fall 2019, and co-author Abraham Newman of Georgetown University have received the Honorable Mention from the American Political Science Association's International Collaboration Section of the 2019 Best Book Award for their book Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance, and Power....

Professor Karen Beckwith Publishes New Book, “Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender”

Professor Karen Beckwith’s book, Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender, written with Professors Claire Annesley (University of Sussex, UK) and Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary, Canada), has been published by Oxford University Press. The book examines the gendered process and outcomes of cabinet formation in seven countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Spain,...

Wellman Hill Grant Recipient Nick Leberer ’20 Working with Cleveland-based Central American Solidarity Organization

Wellman Hill grant recipient Nick Leberer '20 has spent his summer in Ohio City interning at the InterReligious Task Force on Central America, a Central American solidarity organization that focuses on the promotion of economic justice, environmental rights, and the demilitarization of American foreign policy in Central America. So...

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  • Phone: 216.368.2424
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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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