Political Science

  • Carl Levin in classroom

    High-profile guest speakers: U.S. Senator Carl Levin speaks with a political science class.

  • Students with U.S. Representative Fred Upton and U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

    iOme Team: Winners of national contest meet with Washington lawmakers.

  • C-Span Bus

    C-Span bus visits WMU: Students check out its touchscreen computers and tune in to live broadcast feeds.

News and events


  • Jose Antonio Cheibub (Ph.D., U of Chicago, 1994) is the Harold Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at the University of Illinois. His talk "Order in Chaos: Intra-Party Coordination in Proportional Representation Systems" will take place Thursday October 2, 2014 in the Political Science Library (Friedmann 3301) at 2 p.m. Contact peter.wielhouwer@wmich.edu for more information.
  • Krishna H. Pushkar is the Joint Secretary of the Government of Nepal, and a Fulbright Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Michigan State University. His talk "World Cup Football on the Migrant's Grave: The Modern Kafala Slavery System”will take place Tuesday October 21 in the Political Science Library (Friedmann 3301) at 3:30 p.m. Contact peter.wielhouwer@wmich.edu for more information.

Faculty news

  • Dr. Paul Clements is the Democratic nominee for the 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Click here for a list of some other Broncos on the November general election ballot.
  • Dr. Mark Hurwitz has been named editor-in-chief of Justice System Journal, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the National Center for State Courts.

Student awards

  • Jacob Nelson, a senior majoring in Political Science and Economics, was honored by the Michigan Political Science Association for having written the best paper by an undergraduate during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Nelson's paper, submitted for his Democratization in South Asia class, was nominated by Dr. Mahendra Lawoti.

Ph.D. Placements

  • Matt Arsenault (Ph.D. 2012) has been appointed assistant professor (tenure track) at Mount Aloysius College beginning in fall 2014. He previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Michael Romano (Ph.D. 2014) has been appointed visiting assistant professor at Georgia Southern University beginning in fall 2014.

Political science alumni recall how their education has made a difference in their careers.