Political Science Department

***2021 Political Science Celebration Program***

Congratulations Ceremony Video.  Enjoy!

A special congratulations video to our seniors from the political science professors.

Summer 2021 Office Hours

Twitter: @BrownUPoliSci 

Congratulations to Mark Blyth
Winner of the 2022 SWIPE Award
for Mentoring Women in International Political Economy

China and the US are pointing fingers. @tcjost says "States like to make themselves seem open to negotiation, and it is the other side that is being unreasonable," in 'China Blasts Defense Secretary Austin as ‘Unprofessional and Unfriendly’ @usnews https://bit.ly/3p93XDA


Defending the FilibusterDefending the Filibuster


'Defending the Filibuster' by Richard Arenberg 'should be required reading for the Senate' says then VP Biden in 2012



Scholars in the Public Arena

African American Political ThoughtAfrican American Political ThoughtAfrican American Political Thought 

Melvin Rogers

‘Rogers and Turner have masterfully curated a collection of essays that will guide the field of African American political thought for generations. The study of American political thought will never be the same.’

-Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Princeton University 



 Winner: "Outstanding Book Award" from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

The Puzzle of Prison OrderThe Puzzle of Prison OrderThe Puzzle of Prison Order 

David Skarbek

‘Skarbek's rigorous analysis of governance structures across varying prison regimes makes this a major theoretical breakthrough in law and society research generally, one that should be read by all who care about the nature of public order in institutions of control.’

-Jonathan Simon, University of California Berkeley 

Shell ShockedShell ShockedShell Shocked: Feminist Criticism after Trump

Bonnie Honig

“Shell-Shocked is a must-read for anyone recovering from the disorientation and desensitization of the Trump years. Honig’s feminist lens permits us to see past an overwhelming barrage of words, images, and video outtakes, to reveal how patriarchy remains the foundation of so much of what ails us. Honig brings keen observation and wry humor to dazzling readings of literature, cinema, and cable news, as well as to the everyday moments that have troubled and confounded us. Her insights not only make us smarter; they promise to equip us for the work toward justice that lies ahead.”

-Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

2021 Lionel Gelber Prize Finalist 

Killer HighKiller HighKiller High: A History of War on Six Drugs

Peter Andreas

"Ingeniously plotted, briskly written, and strikingly illustrated, Killer High delivers a kaleidoscopic trip through the history of drugs and war. Peter Andreas looks at the drug-war relationship from every angle: how combatants and noncombatants used drugs; how wars were fought through, for, or against drugs; and how wars shaped the fates of drugs, often speeding their rise as global commodities."

-David Courtwright, author of Forces of Habit and The Age of Addiction

Peacekeeping, Policing, and the Rule of LawPeacekeeping, Policing, and the Rule of LawPeacekeeping, Policing, and the Rule of Law after Civil War

Rob Blair

‘Provides both a realistic and a hopeful assessment of how UN peace operations can bolster the rule of law in the aftermath of civil war.’

-Kyle Beardsley - Professor of Political Science

Duke University

On the Impeachment of the PresidencyOn the Impeachment of the PresidencyOn Impeachment The

Presidency on Trial 

Corey Brettschneider 

‘a solid resource’
- Kirkus


Black and Indigenous Resistance in the AmericasBlack and Indigenous Resistance in the AmericasBlack and Indigenous Resistance in the Americas 

Juliet Hooker

‘Provides illuminating case studies of how to combat structural racism and the recent resurgence of racist thought and action in the Americas.’

-George Reid Andrews, University of Pittsburgh


Dynamics of American Democracy: Partisan Polarization, Political Competition and Government

Eric Patashnik and Wendy Schiller

‘With topics ranging from tribal politics in the age of Trump to states taking a greater role in governance to citizens self-sorting on social media, this volume offers valuable insights and potential paths forward for American democracy.’

-Craig Volden, codirector of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Who Gets WhatWho Gets WhatWho Gets What?

Margaret Weir

The mission of the Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects series is to inform policymakers, practitioners, and scholars about the effectiveness of select policy approaches, reforms, and experiments in addressing the key social and economic problems facing today’s cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas.


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.
Read the full article in News from Brown


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.