Professor Aurelian Craiutu and Constantine Vassiliou (Kinder Institute, University of Missouri) reflect on what might be done to recalibrate our politics using the principles of moderation, which have kept America on an even keel during previous crisis points in its history.
Departmental news + announcements
Regina Smyth contributes to The Conversation: Navalny returns to Russia and brings anti-Putin politics with him.She also publishes in both the Washington Post's Monkey Cage and Wilson Center on the protests.
Professor Ore Koren contributes to the Conversation on Political Violence.
Rashid Marcano Rivera contributes to The Conversation on Puerto Rico's recent request for statehood to become the 51st state of the United States.
IU Student Kate Feinberg shares experience as a double major in Political Science and Cinema Media Arts.
Statue honoring Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom to be dedicated on Bloomington campus this week, November 12, 2020.
Political Science PhD student, Donavan Watts, was featured in the College spotlight on how to support the Black community through voting and especially engaging in local politics.
Indiana University's Department of Political Science ranked 51-75 in the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 - Political Sciences.
Professors William Winecoff and Sarah Bauerle Danzman awarded nearly $450,000 from NSF to investigate “The Political Economy of Business-Government Connections”.
Professor Emerita Margie Hershey contributes to Chicago Tribune article about mail in voting in Indiana.
Professor Regina Smyth contributes to The Conversation on How Alexei Navalny revolutionized opposition politics in Russia, before his apparent poisoning.
Political Science alumni featured on the College's 20 Under 40 list 2020
Professor Aurelian Craiutu has been elected member of the European Academy . The Academia Europaea was founded in 1988, on the initiative of several national academies in Europe. The Academia Europaea is the only continent-wide Academy with individual membership from Council of Europe states and from other nations across the world. It is an organisation of eminent, individual scientists and scholars, covering the full range of academic disciplines (see: www.ae-info.org). It is a 'not-for-profit' Charity registered in the UK. The Academy organizes meetings and workshops, provides scientific and scholarly advice including for policy development and publishes the international journal the 'European Review' (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ERW). The Academy also operates five regional knowledge hubs (Barcelona, Bergen, Cardiff, Tbilisi and Wroclaw) and will also be launching two new Regional Hubs this year – Munich and Budapest.
Actual World, Possible Future. A new documentary by alumna Barbara Allen explores the lives and works of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom.
Professor Regina Smyth contributes to The Conversation on Russia's July 2020 election on how official rigged the election to create the illusion that President Vladimir Putin remains a popular and powerful leader after 20 years in office.
We stand in support and solidarity with our students, faculty, and staff and with all the members of our community in the fight against racism and intolerance.
The Indiana University Department of Political Science sends warm congratuations to our graduating seniors and graduate students.
Warm congratulations to our senior Lauren Meadows who has been awarded the 2020 James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
According to a survey of public attitudes about Congress and public affairs conducted by IU’s Center on Representative Government and Center on American Politics, Democrats and Republicans have different views about the importance of a free press, an independent judiciary, the Bill of Rights, and a potent Congress.
IU senior Tyler Combs will appear on "Jeopardy!" 2020 College Championship at 7:30 p.m. Friday on NBC (WTHR). The winner out of 15 U.S. college students will receive $100,000.
Professor Ore Koren co-authors a guest post on “Political Violence at a Glance” describing how COVID-19 affects diplomacy
At a time when global cooperation is needed more than ever, new research suggests that pandemics may weaken diplomatic connections between countries and lower the probability that nations will establish new diplomatic ties.
Professor Sumit Ganguly featured in radiocast "Secular India and the rise of Hindu Nationalism."
William Winecoff, a political science professor, is inerviewed by PBS and talks about Trump's truce with China.
Aurelian Craiutu, a political science professor and assistant chair and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Political Science at IU Bloomington, is among the recipients of National Endowment for the Humanities grants.
Since the Bharatiya Janata Party assumed power for a second time in May 2019 with a resounding majority in parliament it has been seeking to implement a wide-ranging anti-secular agenda.
Dr. Aurelian Craiutu, Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and Yoram Hazony, President, Herzl Institute debated Liberalism vs Nationalism at Villanova University on November 14, 2019.
Mike Munger (Duke University) gave the lecture for the Charles S. Hyneman Lecture for the Department of Political Science, and co-sponsored by the Ostrom Workshop and the Tocqueville Program. The talk was titled “Polycentricity, Transaction Costs, and the Future of Local Government: An Ostrom Perspective” brought scholars and students from across the Bloomington campus and beyond.
The September 2019 issue of the Political Science Reviewer, currently edited at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hosts a symposium on Aurelian Craiutu's Faces of Moderation (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). Titled "A Moderate Voice Against Our Orthodoxies," the symposium features contributions from Paul Carrese (Arizona State University), Bryan-Paul Frost (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), and Murray S. Y. Bessette (Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C.), followed by a response from Aurelian Craiutu. The papers were originally presented at a roundtable at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Philadelphia, November 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, eked out a majority in the Moscow municipal legislature in elections on Sept. 8.
Aurelian Craiutu and Michael McGinnis contributed two chapters to a new book exploring the legacy of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom, Ostrom’s Tensions: Reexamining the Political Economy and Public Policy of Elinor C. Ostrom, eds. Roberta Q. Herzberg, Paul Dragos Aligica, and Peter J. Boettke (Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2019). Based on the papers originally presented at a conference at the George Mason University last year, this new collection sheds fresh light on the richness of what is known as the Bloomington school of institutional analysis created by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom and continued by their students and collaborators around the globe. Craiutu's chapter, “In Praise of Eclecticism: Why Elinor and Vincent Ostrom’s Works Matter,” explores the eclectic methodology and political philosophy of the Ostroms, while McGinnis examines the general relevance of the institutional analysis of the Bloomington School.
Professor DeSante's research on racial attitudes was featured in the New York Times OpEd by Thomas B. Edsell "We Aren’t Seeing White Support for Trump for What It Is"
The Department of Politcal Science celebrated graduation on May 4th, 2019.
Every spring, more than 160 college and university students meet to decide the future of the European Union (EU).
Recently Political Science held a lunch for the recent inductees into Pi Sigma Alpha. Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States.
Maggie Haberman is a reporter for the New York Times and she visited IU to present a lecture in the Media School’s Lecture Series.
Professor Ted Carmines and Representative Lee Hamilton present the Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Fellowship to Maggie Haberman.
Edward G. Carmines receives award from Dean Larry Singell at the 2019 College Alumni Awards Reception
Professor Ted Carmines wins College of Arts + Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award
Does the ownership of economic assets matter for how people vote? Drawing on new research, Timothy Hellwig and Ian McAllister find the answer is yes. They argue that by changing their policy positions, parties can shape the influence of asset ownership on voter decisions.
Political Science Professor and associate chair Marjorie Hershey honored with Sylvia E. Bowman Teaching Award
Political Science Professor and associate chair Marjorie Hershey honored with Sylvia E. Bowman Teaching Award
In this collection of essays, Jeffrey C. Isaac argues that the threat posed to liberal democracy by illiberal forces today, from Trump and his authoritarian counterparts in France, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, warrants a strong democratic response, centered on both defending and extending the core commitments of liberal democracy. Isaac articulates a politics that bridges the gap between liberalism and leftism, pointing the way toward more productive disagreements and more meaningful, effective alliances.
Political Science Visiting Professor Justyna Zajac honored with highest academic title
Keeping you updated on what’s happening in the Department of Political Science.
Just as we did in 2016, the Political Science Department co-sponsored an election series this fall about the 2018 midterm elections, along with PACE (the Political and Civic Education Program) at IU and the Civic Leaders Center, led by former Fort Wayne mayor Paul Helmke.
Almost 400 students attended last year! The next conference to be held February 2019!
Sumit Ganguly quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on nationalist statute in India
Political Science alumni featured on the College's 20 Under 40 list 2018
Professor Fraga's research on race and voter turnout was featured in the New York Times article "What if Everyone Voted?"
Rafael Khachaturian was awarded the Stephen Eric Bronner Award from the APSA New Political Science Organized Section for his dissertation
Rafael Khachaturian has been awarded the Stephen Eric Bronner Award from the APSA New Political Science Organized Section for his dissertation, Discipline, Knowledge, and Critique: Marxist Theory and the Revival of the State in American Political Science, 1968-1989.
Our IU Internship in Politics, Opportunity, Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship (IU POLS DC) is a semester-long residential internship program in Washington, D.C. Our goal is to give you the very best the College of Arts and Sciences has to offer—a solid liberal arts education—while preparing you to find, apply for, and obtain the kind of job that makes you want to get up in the morning. Attend an Info Session to learn more.
Indiana University strongly encourages you to fulfill your civic duty and participate in the 2018 primary and general elections—in Indiana or your home state.
Salih Yasun, a graduate student at the Department of Political Science, publishes an article at Women's Studies International Forum about the role of education in enabling underprivileged women to benefit from their inheritance rights in Turkey.
Professor Lauren MacLean and her co-PIs were awarded an APSA Special Project Grant for their project "Avoiding ‘Day Zero’” in the U.S. & Global South: Climate Justice in Teaching & Policy Action.
Dr. Sumit Ganguly recently received the Humboldt Award, considered among the most prestigious honors that Germany awards to scholars.
This award recognizes a Latino/a or Latino Politics (pre-tenure) scholar based upon research accomplishments and contributions to the discipline.
Congratulations to Chris DeSante and his co-author on their award for best paper by an emerging scholar.
The title of Loyle’s article is “The Organization of Rebellion: New Research Program on Rebel Governance and Legitimacy.”
They co-authored an article titled “The Missing Obama Millions.”
The University of Pennsylvania Press has just released the paperback of Aurelian Craiutu’s Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes.
Professor Ted Carmines gave an invited lecture at the Institute for Advanced Study.
The State Politics and Policy Section of the APSA named Politics in the American States: A Comparative Analysis as the 2017 recipient of the Mac Jewel Award Enduring Contribution Book Award.
Professor Cyanne Loyle has been awarded a NSF to pursue a new scholarly agenda on the topic of rebel governance.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Indiana University nearly $3 million to train future research leaders in the skills needed to tackle society's most urgent subjects.
Aurelian Craiutu's Faces of Moderation was cited in David Nakamura's Washington Post article "Trump's penchant for extremes worked on the campaign trail but hinders his White House" and David Brooks' New York Times article "What Moderates Believe.”