Welcome

30016456367 95f0199ff6 k             The Political Science Department at Rutgers is internationally known for its faculty in American Politics, Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Law. Our department engages broad questions about such topics as race and inequality, causes of war, how voters decide, and what influences government decision-making, both in the United States and abroad. Our faculty are frequent contributors to public debates, providing expert analysis and sharing academic knowledge with the public.

The department runs the Center for the Experimental Study of Politics and Psychology and has close ties to the Eagleton Institute of Politics and its Center for Public Interest Polling. Several of our faculty and former graduate students are affiliated with the Center for American Women and Politics, and our graduate program is the only one in the nation to have a major field of study in Women and Politics. The Rutgers Women and Politics program is currently celebrating its 30th year. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor, a master’s degree in UN and Global Studies, and a competitive PhD program that trains students for careers in academia and research.

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Department Statement on Democracy - January 7, 2021

Events in Washington yesterday remind us of the fragility of the democratic process.  The democratic bargain requires that losers concede and that winners allow losers to try to become winners in the future.  If left unchecked the “win at all costs” mentality that has taken over President Trump’s world view will destroy American democracy.

The Department of Political Science calls on our state and national legislators to tell the truth about the American political experience in 2020-21: Joe Biden won the presidential election without material fraud.  President Donald Trump lost despite repeated attempts to subvert the process and challenge the results.  Politicians of the House and Senate who continue to claim fraud are lying or delusional.  Their actions have the potential to destroy the American democratic experiment.

The Department of Political Science calls on incoming President Biden to unite our country behind the shared value that we all hold dear: that the voice of the people, filtered through fair elections and advocacy and guided by our Constitution, is the sovereign power in this nation.  We condemn violence in the name of political expediency.  We call for a government that shall indeed be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Events

January 25, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
UNMA Spring 2021: Library Workshop #1
January 27, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
UNMA Spring 2021: Library Workshop #2
January 29, 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn: National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)