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The UConn Department of Political Science studies how the political process shapes the choices we face as a community.

We offer academic programs that bridge the humanities and social sciences. Our cutting-edge research reflects our commitment to methodological and intellectual openness and diversity. Our community provides a bedrock for academic exploration and intellectual engagement at the University.


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  • Faculty Achievements: Early Spring 2024
    Prof. Beth Ginsberg (accompanied by Prof. Jane Gordon) took several POLS students to New Hampshire in January after receiving a generous grant from UCONN Provost Anne D’Alleva. The purpose of this trip was to explore and better understand the 1st in the country presidential primary process in NH. The group was able to meet with […]
    Posted on February 15, 2024
  • Alumni Notes: Early Spring 2024
    Sercan Canbolat’s (‘23 Ph.D) book (co-authored with Dr. Özgür Özdamar) Leaders in the Middle East and North Africa: How Ideology Shapes Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2023) has received the International Studies Association’s (ISA) 2023 Best Book in Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) Award.  Daniel Fata (CLAS ’94) and Jeffrey Dressler (CLAS ’08) were appointed by […]
    Posted on February 15, 2024
  • Student Successes: Early Spring 2024
    Aidan Caron (CLAS ’24) won a Fall ’23 Change Grant from the UConn Co–op Legacy Fellowship Program for his project entitled “Promoting Environmental Justice: A Mixed-Method Approach to Identifying Socioeconomic Disparities in Urban Park Systems”.   Gloria Dickson (CLAS ’24) won the 2023 Curt F. Beck Law and Public Service Opportunity Fund to pursue an internship […]
    Posted on February 15, 2024

Upcoming Events

  1. Feb 23 Filling the Gaps: Measuring Respect for Children’s Rights around the World 12:00pm
  2. Feb 26 Making the Undergraduate Classroom MORE Accessible 12:15pm
  3. Feb 26 Making the Undergraduate Classroom MORE Accessible 12:15pm
  4. Feb 26 Fusco Lecture: Timbuktu, the ‘End of the World’ and the Work of Commercial Capitalism in 19thC Africa 4:30pm
  5. Feb 27 Fusco Seminar: Finding Islamic Law in trans-Saharan Trade: 19thC Timbuktu 10:00am
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Looking for an internship? This event provides you with an opportunity to meet and connect with representatives from several internship sites. This is not a recruiting event, but rather an opportunity to receive information and ask questions on popular internships related to the fields of law, ...politics, crime and justice, and public policy. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3-4:30 in SHH 408. Hope to see you there!

POLS Professor Miles Evers will speak about his forthcoming book (Cambridge University Press). The book is coauthored with Eric Grynaviski. Refreshments will be provided and the event is free and open to the public. It will be held Feb 20, 2024 (Tuesday) from 12:30-1:30 in Herbst 408. We hope to ...see you there!

Unsure about your career path with a political science degree? Mark your calendars for this upcoming event, "What if I Don't Go to Law School?" for Friday, February 16th. This event features professional advice from distinguished POLS alumni, as well as the opportunity to win a POLS ...Swag Bag!

It's back and better than ever! Join us next Wednesday, 2/7 for another one of our Pizza and Politics events! Come chat with others in the POLS department about current events, while eating pizza! This event is open to everyone. We hope to see you there!

Up next we have another one of our lovely student workers, Lenie! Lenie heads all design and event efforts, and has been with us for the past three years. Thank you Lenie for all your hard work!

POLS Professor Andrews will speak about her forthcoming book (University of Michigan Press). The book is coauthored with Andrew W. Delton and Reuben Kline. Refreshments will be provided and the event is free and open to the public. It will be held Jan 31, 2024 (Wednesday) from 12:15-1:30 in Herbst ...408, and on WebEx at https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/meet/mas07010

Reminder: POLS Awards applications close on 2/1. Apply now through the link in our bio! Don't miss out on this opportunity!

We are pleased to announce that the seventeenth edition of the Undergraduate Political Review has been published! The UConn Undergraduate Political Review is a scholarly publication dedicated to providing a diverse analysis of political events and issues.

Scan the QR code, click the link ...in our bio, or stop by the POLS office to read!

Interested in getting involved in research? Anabelle Bergstrom, OUR Peer Research Ambassador and POLS major, will talk about resources the Office of Undergraduate Research provides as well as social science-focused opportunities!

The event will take place on Monday, January 29th from ...6-7pm in SHH 408. We hope you'll join us!