Department of Political Science

College of Letters & Science


The University of Wisconsin Political Science Department is one of the nation's oldest and most respected programs. Our department is highly ranked in national surveys, and our award-winning faculty are known for innovative research on the discipline's most current and important questions. Our dedication to teaching is also apparent: we are one of the largest majors on campus, with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate instruction.

Recent News

Prof. David Canon talks about Paul Ryan’s retirement and its impact on the Republican party and the midterm elections. - David Canon

Prof. David Canon talks about the “blue wave” and the midterm elections with the Capital Times. - David Canon

Prof. David Canon spoke on Wisconsin Public Radio about the government shutdown.  - David Canon

EJ Dionne's column in the Washington Post today mentions Prof. Kathy Cramer's book. - Katherine J. Cramer

The new Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership will host a conference called “Leadership Across the Branches” on Friday, November 17, 2017. The conference will be a one-day public event at the Fluno Center. It will showcase esteemed individuals from both parties from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches at the federal and state levels. Panelists will discuss an aspect of leadership in their work and offer suggestions on where more leadership and collegiality are needed. For more information on the event, and to register for free, see View Story link -

Upcoming Events

Recent Publications

The Effects of Malapportionment in Parliamentary Systems: Subnational Evidence from India
Aristocratic Souls in Democratic Times
"Looking Down Tocqueville's Nose"
What Resource Curse? The Null Effect of Remittances of Public Good Provision
Formal Models of the Political Resource Curse
Communication Ecologies, Political Contnetion, and Democratic Crisis