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Dr. Ann Marie Clark Publishes New Book

Professor Clark’s latest book is Demands of Justice: The Creation of a Global Human Rights Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Drawing on original interviews and archival research, this work traces the evolution of a new international human rights ethos developed by activists in language, law, and practice over the past 50 years. Clark argues that these developments have led to the enrichment of “global justice,” and she takes developments in leading human rights organizations like Oxfam and Amnesty International as illustrative case studies. Read more

Swati Srivstava
Faculty Spotlight: Swati Srivastava

Professor Swati Srivastava specializes in International Relations and researches global governance, especially how private actors like corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) interact with governments. Her research program asks three interrelated questions: (1) How is private power expressed in global politics? (2) How does global private power interact with public power? (3) How can global private power be held accountable? Read more

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Political Science Students Travel to OSU for Simulation

Four Purdue Political Science students traveled to the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH on November 5th to participate in an in-person multiday national security communications and policy simulation. Read more

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Professor Melissa Will Draws on CIA Background to Discuss Afghanistan

Clinical Assistant Professor Melissa Will spoke to a crowd of over 80 Purdue community members about the situation in Afghanistan. Will teaches in the Department of Political Science and previously worked for 10 years as an analyst with the CIA, focusing on Afghanistan. Read more

Student Aavik Patel
Political science student, Aavik Patel, lands exciting internship in Washington, DC

Aavik Patel is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications and Psychology. “I knew I wanted to attend a Big Ten school, but I was not sure which one,” said Aavik. “I was very impressed by the Political Science Department during my visit. It’s what sold me on going to Purdue." Read more

Professor Timoneda
Welcome Dr. Joan Timoneda, Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics and Methods!

Dr. Joan Timoneda joins the Department as Assistant Professor, researching and teaching in the areas of comparative politics and methods. His work engages critical questions about the fate of dictatorships and democracies in the digital age. Read more

Purdue’s Pi Sigma Alpha Ranked Best Chapter for 6th Year!

With over 400 chapters, their purpose is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science. Read more

Welcome Ambassador Rajendra Abhyankar 

Ambassador Abhyankar joins Purdue after having previously served as Professor of Practice of Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs for 8 years.  Before coming to Indiana, Ambassador Abhyankar had an illustrious diplomatic career spanning more than 30 years.  Read more

Welcome Zach Warner

Assistant Professor Zach Warner joins the Department after a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for Political and Research Analytics at Cardiff University (UK). A scholar of comparative politics, with specialization in African politics, he is also engaged in cutting edge research in data science tools such as machine learning.  Read more

Dr. Swati Srivastava Awarded NEH Summer Stipend

Swati Srivastava, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for her work on the global politics of Big Tech. Read more


Purdue Political Science faculty member Ann Marie Clark has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship. Clark will serve as Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa during the fall 2021 semester. Read more

James McCann

James McCann, Professor of Political Science, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship. McCann will be Fulbright Canada Research Chair in North American Politics at Carleton University during the fall 2021 semester. Read more

Molly Scudder: antonia syson cornerstone teaching award

Assistant Professor of Political Science Mary (Molly) Scudder has been named the 2021 winner of the Antonia Syson Cornerstone Teaching Award.  Read more

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PI Sigma Alpha tackles virtual 2021 National Student Research Conference 

Members of the Purdue Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, attended the 8th Annual National Student Research Conference on March 6-7. The conference was held virtually with an in-person watch party held on campus in Beering Hall.  Read more

James McCann holding new book

With one book recently published by the Russell Sage Foundation, Professor James McCann will see another book published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press. Holding Fast considers how immigrants reacted to the 2016 election.  Read more


Leigh Raymond, Professor of Political Science, has been awarded a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. According to Raymond, the fellowship, which runs from September 2021 to May 2022, will allow him “to expand his work on how norms, or informal rules of behavior, can be tools for major policy change.” Read more

Tara Grillos
Dr. Tara Grillos awarded grant from the National science foundation

Tara Grillos, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a project titled “Collective decision making and local public good provision: Experimental evidence.” Grillos will undertake the research with Michael Touchton of the University of Miami.  Read more

Dr. Mary (Molly) Scudder publishes new book titled Beyond Empathy and Inclusion

Dr. Mary (Molly) F. Scudder’s 2020 Oxford University Press book Beyond Empathy and Inclusion: The Challenge of Listening in Democratic Deliberation, is now available in both print and e-book formats. With this book Dr. Scudder contributes to political theory, specifically deliberative democratic theory, arguing that without listening there can be no democracy. Read more

Political Science Student mili jha winner of caputo undergraduate research award

Political Science major Mili Jha has been awarded this year’s Alice and David Caputo Undergraduate Research Award for her proposal “Intersectionality during the HIV/AIDS and COVID 19 Pandemics: The politics of marginalized groups in presidential agenda setting.” Read more


Undergraduate political science student pravina ravi awarded justice in action scholarship

Pravina Ravi was recently selected to be the recipient of the Justice in Action Scholarship. As a recipient of this award, Ravi will receive ongoing support in her journey to become a lawyer.  Read more


A Busy Fall in Political Science

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Political Science at Purdue University has developed a fall program that includes many opportunities for students to engage virtually with each other and participate in special events.  Read more


Pi Sigma Alpha & Purdue Votes Coalition Team up to Get Out the Vote!

Political Science undergraduate students, and members of PSA, have been working with the Purdue Votes Coalition to help students learn about the voting process.   The students have been invited to 150 classrooms across the West Lafayette campus to discuss, both virtually and in-person, how to register to vote. Read more


Dr. Rosalee Clawson to serve as director of diversity for NSF-Funded Engineering research center

Purdue Political Science professor Rosalee Clawson is part of a research team awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation for the advancement of electric vehicle technology and infrastructure in a multi-university, public-private partnership. Read more


Mintao Nie Wins Distinguished Dissertation Award

Mintao Nie has won the 2020 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled, Agents of Recalcitrance: Governmental Decentralization and State Compliance with International Human Rights Treaties.” This award recognizes dissertations for their contribution to scholarly knowledge, their degree of innovation, the strength of the research methodology, and quality writing.  Read more


Noah Alderton
Undergraduate Student Noah Alderton wins research award

Noah Alderton was recently awarded first place by the College of Liberal Arts at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference for his research talk titled "Hot and Cold: Quantifying Variance of Sentiment in Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings."  Read more

Aayana Ingram
Phd student aayana ingram discusses covid-19 impact on hbcus

Ph.D. Student Aayana Ingram considers the impact of COVID-19 on students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in her essay posted by her alma mater Alabama A & M University. Read more

Leigh Raymond
Professor Leigh Raymond: 2019-2020 award winning teacher

Professor of Political Science, Leigh Raymond, has been named the 2019-2020 winner of the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award by the College of Liberal Arts and the 2019-2020 Pi Sigma Alpha Outstanding Professor Award! Read more

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Award Winning Professor Boling: Maintaining Engagement Online

Professor Pat Boling was recently named the 2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Undergraduate teacher.  The transition online changed the way she teaches her classes, but she remains committed to engaging students and facilitating learning. Read more

New Horizons and New Job for Bi Zhao, PhD Student

PhD Student Bi Zhao will finish her dissertation and embark on a new tenure track job at Whitmore College in Spokane, Washington in the fall. Read more

Rosie Clawson
Professor Clawson Receives Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award

Purdue's Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board awarded Professor Rosalee Clawson the Dean Helen B. Scheman Gold Medallion award for her many contributions to the university and the discpline, particularly those that encouage the advancement of women. Read more

Fulbright Scholarship Awarded to Elis Vllasi, Recent Purdue Political Science Ph.D.

Former Purdue Political Science graduate student Elis Vllasi was recently selected for a Fulbright award to conduct research on Russian influence in Kosovo. Read more

Prof. Molly Scudder Spends Semester at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance in Australia

Purdue Political Science assistant professor Molly Scudder recently returned from a semester as a visiting academic researcher at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (CDDGG) in Canberra, Australia, where she advanced her latest research project and developed new collaboration opportunities. Read more

Former Purdue graduate students co-author book, Game of Thrones and the Theories of International Relations

As graduate students at Purdue, Laura Young and Ñusta Ko devised and assessed a classroom simulation based on Game of Thrones to help their students understand difficult concepts of international relations. The pair have recently published a book on the topic. Read more

Nuclear Security Education Program advances students' knowledge of nuclear security topics through interdisciplinary coursework

Purdue Political Science professor Keith Shimko is part of a team that has developed and implemented a cross-discipline Nuclear Security Education Program (NSEP) at Purdue. Read more

Political Science Undergraduate Adviser Britain Hamm Creates Welcoming Environment for Students

Britain has been a Purdue academic advisor for just over 6 months. Students and colleagues have been open and welcoming, and Britain responds in kind. Read more

Graduate Student Janel Jett Named a Recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship

Purdue Political Science graduate student Janel Jett will spend most of spring semester in Paris, France, as a recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship, a grant provided to Ph.D. students at American universities by the Embassy of France in the United States. Read more

David Johnson Awarded Grant Funding for Sustainability Studies

We are pleased to announce that faculty member David Johnson and collaborator Tom Hertel (Ag Econ) have been awarded three million dollars in grant funding from NSF and USDA to study sustainability issues in food, water and energy systems. Read more


Political Science Welcomes New Department Head, Cherie Maestas

Professor Cherie Maestas joined Purdue on July 1 as the new Head of the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts. She looks forward to supporting the many innovative research initiatives and creative educational programs in the department and college. Read more