Institute of Government and Politics

The Institute of Government and Politics in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University introduces students, faculty and the greater Kalamazoo community to scholars of politics and political actors from outside the University and to the current research of departmental faculty and students. The institute teams with student groups throughout the university to arrange these campus visits and is an outreach arm of the Department of Political Science.

Focus of institute events

  • American politics and government
  • International and comparative politics
  • Political theory

Expert speakers

  • Diplomatic and consular officials
  • Federal policymakers
  • State and local elected officials

Featured series

  • Sam Clark Lecture
  • George Klein Lecture
  • Distinguished Alumni Lectures 
  • Upcoming lectures
    • March 13, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Department of Political Science Library - "’The Ties that Bind’: Political Theory and Critical Political Science"
      Nancy Love, Appalachian State University

    • April 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Department of Political Science Library - "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty"
      Maria Koinova, University of Warwick (UK)

  • Past lectures
    • Oct. 18, 2012 - "The Teacher-Scholar: Teaching and Research in Political Science"
      John Ishiyama, University of North Texas 

    • Oct.8, 2012 - "Politics Without Vision"
      Tracy B. Strong, University of California - San Diego

    • April 18, 2012 - “Rawlsian Political Analysis and the Causes of Poverty in Bihar”
      Paul Clements, Western Michigan University

    • Jan.19, 2012 - Research Colloquium: "Evolution of the Communist Party in post-Communist Russia
      Ekatarina Levintova, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


For more information, contact Peter Wielhouwer.