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

A Cap Times column talks about  a research project Prof. Kathy Cramer is on working with a group of faculty and students. - Katherine J. Cramer

Professor David Canon analyzes the June 5 primary elections and national politics on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Morning Show.” - David Canon

Professor David Canon talks about the Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial primary on Channel 15.  - David Canon

A column in the New York Times cited work by Professor Kathy Cramer and also quoted her. - Katherine J. Cramer

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

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