Panorama of the US capitol building from the water


Washington, D.C., offers unrivaled resources for political science research, with dozens of institutions, think tanks and archives providing opportunities to assemble unique data sets. Our master's and doctoral programs train students to become outstanding researchers, and our undergraduate curriculum empowers students to learn the foundations of scholarly research while honing their individual interests.

Department faculty are prolific authors in their fields, with a diverse range of specialties across all the major disciplines within political science. Our scholars also collaborate on the interdisciplinary research being conducted at GW’s centers and institutes, and others pair up with colleagues from other universities on projects like the Monkey Cage blog.



Core Focus Areas


"After working as a research assistant for about a year, Professor Lupu asked if I needed help finding something to do over the summer. ... That internship eventually turned into the full-time job I have at the Klein/Johnson Group, a bipartisan public policy and lobbying firm."

Jeremy Marsh

BA ‘19

Student Research

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Undergraduate research and scholarly writing are fundamental to the political science discipline’s theoretical and empirical work. Undergraduate students across the department learn to be well-rounded researchers through writing-intensive coursework and opportunities that include participation in the Politics and Values Programinternships and conferences hosted by the Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society. Students are encouraged to reach out to professors and graduate teaching assistants for research support and guidance on how to leverage their projects into fellowship and job applications.

Three minute thesis competition winner Elizabeth Pertner


Our graduate students are actively engaged in all professional aspects of the political science field, frequently winning prestigious awards and grants from GW as well as external sources like the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. Graduate student research has appeared in journals including The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Law & Society Review, Foreign Affairs and American Politics Research. Alumni of the graduate program have secured jobs with research organizations including the Global Governance Institute, the Congressional Research Service and more.


Facilities and Institutes

Political Science Department faculty work with a variety of esteemed research centers and institutes, both within the George Washington University and throughout Washington, D.C.


In the Spotlight

Assistant Professor of Political Science Julian Wamble smiles and poses for a photo.

Magic Trick: Harry Potter Casts Spell on Poli Sci Seminar

In his political science seminar, professor Julian Wamble takes students into Harry Potter’s wizarding world to conjure lessons on politics and society.
GWSB Dean Anuj Mehrotra (l) interviewed alumnus and Rubicon CEO Nate Morris during a virtual George Talks Business event.

Rubicon CEO and Political Science Alum Talks Innovation During Financial Crises

GW Political Science Department alumnus Nate Morris, BA '03, shared keys to entrepreneurial success that he learned from the 2008 recession during a virtual event. “I know we're living during a pandemic right now, and I think now is the time to be bold, to take action, and the market, I believe, will reward that action," Morris said.
Joe Biden

GW Experts Offer Predictions for Biden Administration

The Political Science Department's David Shambaugh, Ethan Porter and Danny Hayes weigh in on how policies ranging from international relations to women's political representation are likely to change with Joe Biden in the White House.
Neil Johnson sitting at a desk with papers in front of him

Cross-Disciplinary Research to Quantify Evolution, Spread of Misinformation

Yonatan Lupu, associate professor of political science, is collaborating with Neil Johnson, physics professor, to study how misinformation spreads between groups and across social media platforms. They were recently awarded a three-year, $1.86 million grant from the Department of Defense.
Josh Douglas sits at a desk talking in front of a whiteboard

Election Outlook: Alumnus Highlights ‘Good News’

A contentious presidential contest has voters anxious about going to the polls and trusting the results. But election law expert Joshua Douglas, BA ’02, says the voting horizon is not all “doom and gloom.” Douglas offers a reassuring message for anxious voters.