Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Our faculty currently has research and teaching interests in the fields of political behavior and institutions, public policy, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and methods. However, we frequently emphasize intersections across fields and across disciplines. Many of our faculty have expertise and interests in more than one field. Several also have formal appointments in disciplines such as Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science, Economics, African American Studies, Communication, and Sociology. We also have relationships with Psychology and Economics with whom we have dual masters programs, Women's Studies, the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Purdue Global Policy Research Institute, the Latin American Studies Center, and the Asian Studies Center. The Purdue Political Science Department emphasizes an interdisciplinary outlook. Aside from its strengths in political institutions, the department also is especially noted for work in the areas of race, ethnicity, gender, and class, in environmental and climate change policies, and in civic norms and social ties relating to crisis situations.
Rosalee A. Clawson, Department Head and Professor
Political Science Ph.D.Job Candidates
Purdue University Research Repository
Allison Turner (Channahon, Illinois), a sophomore studying Political Science and Natural Resources and Environmental Science has been awarded a 2013 Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship in recognition of her commitment to the environment. The 50 students selected as 2013 Udall Scholars receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 and participate in Udall Foundation activities, including a four-day Scholars Orientation in Tucson in August. Allison is the first Purdue student to be named a Udall Scholar.
For more information about the Udall Scholarship, this year’s group of Udall Scholars, and the Udall Foundation, please visit http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MeetOur