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Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon. The department offers a broad range of courses in political theory, United States politics, international relations, comparative politics, and methods of social science research. To add depth and context to academic offerings, the department sponsors an annual series of distinguished speakers—experts in fields such as foreign policy, political theory, and international relations. This level of contact with political leaders makes the UO political science department a unique place to learn and prepare for a variety of careers.

Events and Announcements

Congratulations to two of our faculty members, Karrie Koesel and Daniel Tichenor, who recently had articles published in the new issue of Perspectives on Politics!

- Professor Karrie Koesel's article, "Diffusion-Proofing: Russian and Chinese Responses to Waves of Popular Mobilizations against Authoritarian Rulers," (co-authored with Valerie J. Bunce), graces the cover of the journal and provides answers, by comparing the responses of the Russian and Chinese leadership to the color revolutions and the Arab uprisings, to the following questions: Do authoritarian leaders take preemptive actions to deter their citizens from joining cross-national waves of popular mobilizations against authoritarian rulers? Are they more likely to engage in such behavior when these uprisings appear to be more threatening—in particular, when they take place in neighboring countries and in regimes that resemble their own? The article also finds that leaders introduce a similar set of preemptive measures in order to "diffusion-proof" their rule from popular upheavals.

- One of the defining features of American government in the post-9/11 era is the growth of unilateral power exercised by presidents and the executive branch in the name of national security. Professor Daniel Tichenor's article, "Historical Set Points and the Development of U.S. Presidential Emergency Power," analyzes presidential emergency power over time, focusing on shifting precedents, resources, and expectations. Special emphasis is placed on Lincoln in the Civil War, Wilson in World War I, Roosevelt and Truman in World War II, and Bush and Obama in the War on Terror.

Associate Professor Joseph Lowndes recently wrote a short article for the Huffington Post, Conservatives, the Tea Party and the Shutdown: How We Got Here, that tries to make a little sense of the politics of the government shutdown. Thanks, Professor Lowndes!

Senior Carl Windrup graduated this spring with honors in Political Science. Windrup was awarded the Philo Sherman Bennett Prize for an exemplary Political Science honors thesis. Read more about Carl Windrup here.

Assistant Professor Will Terry was recently awarded a UO Digital Library Data Collection Grant. In collaboration with Knight Library's Digital Library Center this project will collect, archive, and disseminate three novel data sets of academic significance.  The Libraries’ main role will be to guide student data entry work in collaboration with Professor Terry, and to curate and archive the datasets, making them available for use by other scholars worldwide. 

The three data collections will be:
1.   A database of African-American enfranchisement and policy outcomes in the U.S. South, 1938-2012  
2.   A database of African-American lynching and local politics in the U.S. South, 1882-1930
3.   A database of the political determinants of Mexican drug violence, 2007-2012 

Assistant Professor Alison Gash's forthcoming article, Under the Gaydar: How gays won the right to raise children without conservatives even noticing, recently made a "best of" list produced by The Atlantic and prompted invitations to talk on several public radio talk shows. Congratulations Professor Gash!

The Vorpal Sword - a new informational tool for undergraduate students

The Political Science Peer Advising program has developed a Blackboard  site where we have gathered and organized information on internship and employment opportunities, graduate school options, financial aid,  academic assistance and related topics.

 Visit POLISCI: Vorpal Sword

Need Advising?

For general advising, schedule an appointment with Academic Advising. They can help with schedule planning, graduation and exceptions to university requirements.

For Political Science advising, check our Directory for advisor office hours. Find future tentative schedules and subfield lists at Courses & Syllabi.