Political Science Department

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Upcoming Events

Scholars in the Public Arena

Juliet Hooker: Black Women and the Vote
This Pembroke Center panel discussion focuses on Black women's political engagement and activism, including efforts to secure and protect voting rights, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Beginning with a discussion of the 14th Amendment as a precedent for the 19th Amendment and the work of Black women abolitionists in the 19th century, the discussion goes on to engage with early civil rights era activism, and culminates with a look at contemporary politics, including Black women's leadership in the Democratic party and in movements for racial and gender justice. 


Juliet Hooker on Reckoning and Responsibility
Williams College profiles alum Juliet Hooker. She discusses movements, monuments and the long struggle to achieve racial justice. 
Read the interview in the alumni magazine. 

Katherine Tate: Why 2020 could usher in more place representation in congress
The impending election has the potential to bring about a tectonic shift in power in America if more Black leaders are elected to represent areas dominated by white voters. And the growing number of Black candidates in majority white areas looks like neither an accident nor a fluke to political scientists who have been watching the past few decades, said Katherine Tate, a professor of political science and author of "Black Faces in the Mirror: African Americans and Their Representatives in the U.S. Congress." 
Read the full article in PBS Newshour.

New Ph.D.!
Congratulations to Noga Rotem on her disseration defense, November 10, 2020. 
Title: (Post) Paranoid Politics from Hobbes to Arendt 
Dissertation Committee: Bonnie Honig (Chair), Sharon Krause and Ariella Azoulay

Corey Brettschneider in the Guardian
Don't underestimate the threat to American democracy at this moment
Even if Biden does win and the results are accepted, we will have lived through a moment that showed our democracy is less stable than we assumed.
Read the full article in the Guardian.

Tyler Ballard, PhD graduate student, on Vermont Public Radio about mirror towns.
How Vermont's 'Mirror Towns' Reflect Statewide Election Results
Read the full article on VPR. 


The political science department at Brown University 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 & Public AffairsMasters in Public Affairs Program, 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 AmericaMiddle East StudiesDevelopment 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.