Department Leadership

Bruce J Dickson

Bruce J. Dickson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Eric Lawrence

Eric Lawrence

Associate Chair
Associate Professor of Political Science

Sarah Binder

Sarah Binder

Professional Advisor (Political Science)
Professor of Political Science

Eric Grynaviski

Eric Grynaviski

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs


Yonatan Lupu

Yonatan Lupu

Director of Graduate Placement

Associate Professor of Political Science

Shannon McQueen

Shannon McQueen

Assistant Undergraduate Advisor
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Robert Stoker

Robert Stoker

Professional Advisor (Public Policy)
Professor of Political Science

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Susan Wiley

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science



Undergraduate Advising Walk-in Hours


2020 Summer

Amid university precautions regarding the COVID-19 virus, advising walk-in hours are not taking place.

Please contact the advisors by email for your inquiries. For declaring a major, additional details are provided below.

Monday: None
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: None


Declaring a Major with Campus Closed

Given our current virtual learning environment, CCAS is providing you with a new process to provisionally declare your major and/or minor remotely prior to course registration (April 17 - April 24) for the Fall 2020 semester.  Per the GW Bulletin, “Each student must declare a major during the sophomore year, no later than the registration period during the fourth full-time semester or the semester following completion of 45 credits, whichever comes first.”  We will not be placing “no major” advising holds on student accounts this semester, however, some courses in the Fall 2020 course schedule will be restricted to specific majors or minors so it would be beneficial for you to declare (if you haven't already done so) prior to registration in April.  
In order to provisionally declare your major and/or minor (or drop your current major and/or minor), please fill out this online declaration form.   Some majors/minors require that prerequisites be met prior to a student declaring their major or minor.  If that is the case for your program, we will confirm that those prerequisites are met prior to granting a provisional major or minor declaration.  This form cannot be used for application-only majors (e.g., CommunicationsJournalism and Mass Communication, Political Communication, and certain BFA programs).  You will be notified if we are unable to process your form.  Please allow 3-5 business days for the form to be processed in order to see your chosen major/minor in DegreeMAP.
Before you submit a declaration form, please take the time to carefully review the degree requirements for your chosen major and/or minor here.
Once campus reopens, it is imperative that you meet with the faculty advisor for your chosen major/minor in order to discuss your degree requirements and create a tentative academic plan.  If you wish to declare a cross-school major or minor in another school, you will need to contact that school's advising office directly to inquire how to remotely declare their major and/or minor.
Please note that in order to be eligible for internal transfer from CCAS to GWSB, SEAS, Elliott School or Milken, students must meet the prerequisite requirements listed on the Internal Transfer website.  If you elect to take one of the listed prerequisite courses as Pass/No Pass during the Spring 2020 semester, it will not count as meeting the prerequisite requirement, even if you earn the grade of Pass (“P”).
Please contact your POD advisor or prospective faculty advisor if you have any questions.

Faculty Directory

Celeste Arrington
South Korea, Japan, North Korea, state-society relations, law and society, media and politics, Northeast Asian security

Steven J. Balla
American Politics and Public Policy; Executive Branch Politics; Legislative Politics; Interest Group Politics; State Politics and Public Policy; Technology, Politics, and Public Policy; Quantitative Empirical Methods; Chinese Politics and Public Policy

Michael Barnett
Middle East; humanitarianism; international affairs; international organizations

Brandon Bartels
American politics, judicial politics, and political methodology

Sarah A. Binder
Congress, American political development, political parties 

Alasdair Bowie
Comparative political economy, development, Southeast Asia

Michael E. Brown
International security, conflict and conflict resolution, U.S. foreign and defense policy 

Nathan J. Brown
Government and politics of the Middle East, democratization and constitutionalism, rule of law in the Arab world 

Ingrid Creppell
Identity, ideas of enmity and conflict, origins of toleration and liberalism, early modern and modern political thought

Fiona Cunningham
International security, Chinese foreign policy, cyber security, nuclear policy

Adam Dean
International Trade, Labor Politics, American Political Development

Christopher J. Deering
American political system, Congress 

Bruce J. Dickson
Chinese domestic politics, East Asian politics, political change and democratization, general comparative politics, U.S.-China relations 

Alexander B. Downes
International security, civilian victimization and civilian casualties in war, foreign-imposed regime change

Henry Farrell
European Union and European integration, e-commerce, politics and blogs 

Harvey B. Feigenbaum
Political economy of Western Europe, political economy of France

Martha Finnemore
International organizations, organization theory, and ethics in international affair

Omar García-Ponce
Political economy of development; political violence; organized crime; political behavior; Latin American politics

Charles L. Glaser
The international system, state behavior, U.S. nuclear strategy and missile defense policy

Eric Grynaviski
International organization, social theories of international politics, international security, cold war, arms control, and international ethics

Henry E. Hale
Ethnic politics, federalism, democratization, political parties, politics of Eurasia (esp. Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia)

Danny Hayes
American politics, political behavior, media and politics

Stephen B. Kaplan
Political economy of global markets and development, Latin American politics

Eric Kramon
Political economy of development and African politics; vote buying, clientelism, and violence during elections; political and institutional determinants of public goods provision, health, and welfare.

Eric D. Lawrence
Congress, public policy, methodology 

James H. Lebovic
International relations, national and international security, and methodology

Janet I. Lewis
Political violence; ethnic conflict; state formation; Africa

Yonatan Lupu
International law and institutions, international conflict, human rights, courts, networks

Marc Lynch
Arab media and public opinion, Islamist movements, constructivism in international relations, public diplomacy

Forrest Maltzman
Judicial politics, Congress, American national government 

Cynthia McClintock
Latin American politics, U.S. policy towards Latin America

Corrine McConnaughy
American Politics; Race, Gender, Ethnicity and Politics; Public Opinion and Voting Behavior; Political Methodology

Michael Miller
Democratization and the causes and consequences of autocratic elections, formal and quantitative methodology, and political economy.

Mike Mochizuki
Japanese politics and foreign policy, U.S.-Japan relations, East Asian security 

Kimberly J. Morgan
Comparative politics, European politics 

Harris Mylonas
Processes of nation- and state-building, the politicization of cultural differences, immigrant and refugee integration policies, and institutional change 

Henry R. Nau
U.S. foreign policy, international politics, U.S. foreign economic policy; international political economy 

Lucia M. Rafanelli
Political theory; contemporary political theory; theories of human rights and global justice; collective agency and collective personhood

David Shambaugh
China's domestic politics; China's foreign relations; China's military and security; and international relations of Asia 

Michael J. Sodaro
Comparative and International Politics of Europe and Russia 

Robert P. Stoker
Public policy analysis, social policy 

David Szakonyi
Political economy; business-government relations; post-Soviet politics; corruption; authoritarianism; clientelism

Emmanuel J. Teitelbaum
Comparative politics, South Asian politics, political economy of development, political economy of labor 

Paul J. Wahlbeck
Judicial politics, constitutional law, methodology

Christopher Warshaw
American politics, representation, public opinion, state and local politics, environmental politics and policy, and statistical methodology

Sharon L. Wolchik
Central and East European politics and policy making, comparative politics of Central/Eastern Europe 


Doctoral Students

     Local and urban politics

     Political psychology, public opinion, bureaucratic decision-making

     Public Opinion, Mass Media, Political Communication

  • Sultan Alamer
    Nationalism, State-formation, Political Violence
  • Samer Anabtawi
    The Middle East; international political economy; impact of various economic and development policies on the trajectories of nationalist movements
  • Mark Berlin

     Middle East politics, political violence, Islamist movements

  • Josiah Augustine
    Constitutional design, including specifically electoral formulas, district shape magnitude, strength of legislature and bicameralism, and minority recognition status
  • Joe Cerrone

    Migration; Nationalism; Ethnic Politics

    Transparency; Political Economy; Public Policy

     Political Economy, Labor, State-Society Relations

     Identity, ethnicity, and power

     European integration and disintegration, construction of national identity and collective memory

     Political violence, contentious politics

     Parliamentary and party politics in authoritarianism

  • Marko Zilovic
    Authoritarian regimes and democratization, political violence, protests, and social movements, and ethnic politics



  • Eleanor Albert
    Chinese foreign and domestic policy, international security in East Asia, U.S.-China relations
  • Miles Evers
    Origins and mechanisms of change in international authority and the public-private relations
  • Elizabeth Grasmeder
    Composition and tactics of modern state forces, foreign fighters in the employ of the state, irregular warfare
  • Jack Hasler

     International politics, technology

   International Political Economy, Security Studies, Geopolitical Risk

      International security; Military Technology; Security Dynamics in Asia

      International security, Violence during civil wars

     International Security, Integration, Secession, State Formation, Nationalism