Political Science Department

Congratulations to the Undergraduate Honors Group
They presented a range of thesis topics on May 3, 2018. Read the abstracts. 

Quinn Bornstein - The Political Framing of the National School Lunch Program: A Study of Bills Introduced in the 109th - 115th Congress
Victor Brechenmacher - Western European Burqa Bans in International Comparison: A Comparative Study of France, Germany, and the Netherlands
Ezra Dulit-Greenberg - Between the Lines: Explaining State Differences in 2011 Democratic Party Gerrymandering
Jacob Freund - Governance Structures and Public Education: Policy Responsiveness in Urban School Districts
Joey Gutfleish - Solitary Confinement: Understanding State Variation in the Modern American Prison System
Giana Jasinski - Equal Pay is Not Yet Equal: Does Federalism Perpetuate Gender Wage Inequality?
Andrew Kutscher - A Roof for All: Engaging the Private Sector to Provide Affordable Housing in New York City
Maclaine Lehan - Red States' Medicaid Expansion Decisions Under the Affordable Care Act: Exploring the Political Influence of the Koch Network
Jeanine Mogum - Believing Belief: A Neutral Evaluation of Sincerity for Constitutional Claims of Conscience
Basundhara Mukherjee - The Aftershocks of Hindutva: The Politics of Hindu Nationalism in Post-Earthquake Kachchh, Gujarat
Lucy Price - From Failure to Success to Failure: An Analysis of US Engagement in Iraq from 2003 to 2014
Talia Rueschemeyer-Bailey - Do Not Try Giving Birth at Home (in Bolivia): Subnational Variation in Infant Mortality Rates in Bolivia
Camila Ruiz Segovia - The Politics of Military Deployment in Contemporary Mexico
Kathryn Samp - The Problems of Prisons: Theory, Legitamacy, and Abolition
Jordan Waller - The Role of Regional Identity in the Development of the Central Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone


The political science department at Brown is a dynamic community of scholars and students investigating some of the largest, most pressing challenges of political life today. Our faculty are at the leading edge of research in all the traditional subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. We study many different regions of the world, and we engage a wide variety of methods and intellectual approaches. We have a vibrant PhD program that trains graduate students for careers in academia and advanced research. Our undergraduate major is one of the largest on campus, although most of our classes are small and allow students to work closely with faculty members. Our graduates pursue a wide range of different careers paths, including law, public service, business, education, and more.

Our faculty and students profit from the many outstanding institutes, centers, and programs at Brown that bear on the study of politics. These include the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Program in Urban Studies, the Center for Contemporary South Asia, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Political Theory Project, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Middle East Studies, Development Studies, the Population Studies and Training Center, and Africana Studies. Together we are a community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars at the cutting edge in the study of political life. We are diverse in approach, method, and field of study, but we work closely together to foster new understanding and creative approaches to the political challenges of our increasingly complex world.