Political Science Department

Spring 2021 Office Hours

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Scholars in the Public Arena

Congratulations to Eric Patashnik and Wendy Schiller on their new book: Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition and Government Performance, University of Kanses Press, 2020.




Race and Democracy in America
This panel discussion features Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science, Melvin L. Rogers, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Andre C. Willis, Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Moderator: Bonnie H. Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science. With opening remarks by Richard M. Locke, Provost. This event is curated by Brown University's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America in partnership with the Office of the Provost. 


Juliet Hooker awarded the 2020 Presidential Faculty Award
Professor Hooker's lecture was on "Between Fact and Affect: Ida B. Wells and Harriet Jacobs on Black Loss." She addressed the ways in which two Black women thinkers made visible and grieved the losses suffered by Black communities in two different historical eras - and outlined what lessons they might offer contemporary activists. The Presidential Faculty Award was established to recognice members of Brown's distinguished faculty who are conducting especially important and innovative scholarship.
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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.