Skip navigation

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Political Science

Dr. Wellhofer teaches at an alumni symposium

Department of Political Science

News & Events

Check out what our students have been up to, what our professors are doing and what upcoming events we're offering!

Upcoming Events

Be the first to know!

Email us to join our departmental listserv and get information on departmental events, as well as job and internship opportunities.

You can also follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and join our group on LinkedIn to stay connected and hear about new events.

DU also has student groups for College Democrats and College Republicans.

Dr. Jing Sun Interview with CNN

Dr. Sun was recently interviewed by CNN on Taylor Swift getting accidentally political in China.


56th Annual U.S. Air Force Academy Assembly

The Department of Political Science would like to thank Political Science majors Joshua Gaskins and Rachael Scoggins for representing our department as delegates to the 56th Annual U.S. Air Force Academy Assembly. This year's topic was “U.S.-Russia Relations: Refocus. Rebuild. Reenergize.” Delegates examined the implications of Russia's ascension in terms of the United States’ foreign, economic, and military policy.

56th U.S. Air Force Academy Assembly

Jing Sun Presents Research at U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference

On November 7, 2014, Dr Jing Sun was an invited panelist at the US-Japan Alliance Conference sponsored by the Rand Corporation. Dr. Sun presented his research on soft power in East Asian international relations.


Elizabeth Sperber Joins the Political Science Department

Elizabeth Sperber Announcement

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce a new addition to its faculty. Elizabeth Sperber, who is finishing her doctoral studies at Columbia University this year, will be joining us as an assistant professor beginning in the fall of 2016. Sperber studies the political roots of religious movements in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has done extensive research in Zambia, Uganda, and South Africa, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She looks forward to teaching courses in comparative politics, African politics, political economy, religious movements, and research methods. To learn more about Sperber and her research, please visit her website.

"Inside Higher Ed" Interview with Jing Sun

Dr. Jing Sun was interviewed by "Inside Higher Ed" about the internationalization of American universities. The full article can be read here.

John Evans Committee Report: The Sand Creek Massacre

We are pleased to announce the release of the report of the John Evans Study Committee, featuring our own Professor Nancy Wadsworth. This study concerns the complicated historical legacy of DU's founder John Evans and his complicity in the events surrounding the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.

Interview with Rocky Mountain PBS:

News coverage of the report can be found here.

To read the full report, please visit the John Evans Committee's portfolio site.

Congratulations to our 2014 Departmental Award Winners

The Department has selected four political science majors to receive scholarships and awards this year:

  • The Anna Mae Bradbury Scholarship Award - Taylor Loomis
  • The Stephen Hogan Award - Katy Keith
  • The Stephen and Becky Hogan Endowed Scholarship Award - Chris Bach
  • The Outstanding Senior Award - Benjamin Horblit (also recipient of the Pioneer Award, DU's highest honor)

Congratulations to these outstanding students on these much-deserved honors!

Political Science Careers & Alumni Event

On Tuesday, January 14th, five recent graduates of DU's Political Science Department met with some of our current majors to provide advice about career paths and job opportunities. The alumni were (pictured below, from left): Julieta Quiñonez '08 (Muliticultural Outreach Manager at Denver Public Schools), Audrey Kline '10 (Democratic campaign manager), Jonathan Adams '13 (Academic advisor for the Community College of Aurora), Andrew Struttman '13 (Field Director for the Gessler for Governor campaign), and Kelsey Yamasaki '08 (Office of the Denver City and County Auditor). Professor Nancy Wadsworth organized and ran the event.

Poli Sci Career Event

Debate 2012: Shining in the Spotlight

The University of Denver has created an exciting documentary about the 2012 Presidential Debate that was held on DU's campus last year, and it features the Political Science Department's own Dr. Peter Hanson, Dr. Seth Masket, and Dr. Nancy Wadsworth.


Interview with New Hampshire Public Radio

Professor and Department Chair, Dr. Seth Masket, was recently interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio about his article, "The Recall is the New Normal," discussing last month's successful recall of two Colorado state senators. You can listen to his interview here.

Constitution Day Symposium

In honor of Constitution Day, the Department of Political Science would like to invite you to attend its upcoming symposium on Tuesday, September 17th in Sturm Hall, 286 from 11am to 1pm:

Presidential War Powers, Congress, and Syria: Where Does the Power Lie?

This exciting event will feature presentations and ample discussion about the Syrian conflict from the following DU faculty:

  • Ian Farrell, Sturm College of Law
  • Peter Hanson, Department of Political Science
  • Jonathan Sciarcon, Department of History, Center for Judaic Studies

All students are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Congratulations to our 2013 Departmental Award Winners

The Department has selected five political science majors to receive scholarships and awards this year:

  • The Anna Mae Bradbury Scholarship Award - Micah Desaire
  • The Stephen Hogan Award - Charles Schmidt
  • The Stephen and Becky Hogan Endowed Scholarship Award - Tiffany Wilk
  • The Outstanding Senior Award - Craig Hirokawa and Colleen Wort

Congratulations on these much-deserved honors!

A Conversation with Olympia Snowe

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) met with several Political Science students and faculty members in May to discuss partisan polarization and to share some reflections on her many years of service in Washington.

Sen. Snowe meets with Poli Sci Dept

Professor Wadsworth Delivers Lecture on American Evangelicals

Professor Wadsworth delivered a talk entitled "American Evangelicals and the Politics of Racial Healing" on Thursday, April 11th, as part of the AHSS Faculty Lecture Series.

Emily Denny Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Recent political science graduate Emily Denny has just been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship through the U.S. State Department to teach English in Indonesia for the next year. Congratulations, Emily!

Professor Masket in Pacific Standard Magazine

Read Professor Seth Masket's most recent blog posts in Pacific Standard's online magazine.

Professor Ciepley's Theory on Corporations in APSR

Professor Ciepley's latest article, "Beyond Public and Private: Toward a Political Theory of the Corporation" has been published in the American Political Science Review 107(1): 1-20, February 2013. Available from Cambridge Journals Online at Copyright © American Political Science Association 2013. APSR is the premier publication for political science scholars. Congratulations, Dr. Ciepley!

Dr. Hanson Advocates for Political Science at the DU Debate Team's Life Raft Debates

Read Carolyn Neff's story in The Clarion describing this interdisciplinary debate. Five DU professors representing different disciplines advocated for the last spot on a shuttle to save humanity while a brave DU student argued for their destruction.

Ultimately, the audience voted for the student, debate team Captain Cody Walizer, to have the last seat!

DU Debate Team Life Raft Debates

Check out the new AHSS Liberal Arts Advantage Program!

The new AHSS LAA program helps welcome students into our academic community through intellectual experiences outside the classroom. The program comprises special events, discussion groups, stipends for summer internships, a new alumni mentoring program and the AHSS Student Advisory Council.