2022 Prospective Student Visit Days
March 24th & March 25th

2022 Prospective Student Visit Days

Recent Student & Faculty Collaboration

PhD Candidate Chagai Weiss and Professor Jonathan Renshon's article forthcoming in The American Journal of Political Science

Chagai Weiss co-authored "Abstraction and Detail in Experimental Design" with Ryan Brutger (UC-Berkley), Joshua D. Kertzer (Harvard), Jonathan Renshon (UW-Madison), and Dustin Tingley (Harvard).

PhD Candidate Rochelle Snyder Publishes Paper with Professor Barry Burden in the American Politics Research Journal

Rochelle Snyder co-authored “Explaining Uncontested Seats in Congress and State" with Professor Barry Burden.

Recent Publications from our Current Graduate Students

2022 & Forthcoming

Aili Mari Tripp and Thomas S. Worth. 2022. “War, Peace, and Security.” The Routledge Global History of Feminism. Eds. Bonnie G. Smith and Nova Robinson.

Bassan-Nygate, Lotem & Gadi Heimann. “Dealing with Guilt and Shame in International Politics” (International Relations, Forthcoming).

Brutger, Ryan, Joshua D. Kertzer, Jonathan Renshon, & Chagai M. Weiss. “Abstraction and Concreteness in Experimental Designs.” Accepted for Publication with Cambridge University Press, Elements in Experimental Political Science series (edited by James Druckman).

Brutger, Ryan, Joshua D. Kertzer, Jonathan Renshon, Dustin Tingley and Chagai M. Weiss. “Abstraction and Detail in Experimental Design.” Forthcoming at The American Journal of Political Science.

Philip D. Bunn (forthcoming 2022) “Silicon Valley Stoics?: Life-Hacking, Transhumanism, and Stoic Therapy”, Political Science Reviewer.

Hyo Won Lee, Yena Kim, and Whasun Jho, “Domestic Politics and Requests for UNESCO’s International Assistance Program”, Forthcoming, International Interactions.

Jensen, Katherine and Lisa M. Sousa Dias. “Varied Racialization and Legal Inclusion: Haitian, Syrian, and Venezuelan Forced Migrants in Brazil.” American Behavioral Scientist (Forthcoming).

Lorimer, Marta & Ethan vanderWilden. (forthcoming) “France: Balancing respectability and radicalization in a pandemic.” In Populists and the Pandemic: How Populists Around the World Respond to COVID-19, eds. N. Ringe and L. Renno. London: Routledge.

Peter Erikson, Marko Kljajic, and Nadav Shelef. Forthcoming. “Domestic military deployments in response to COVID-19.” Armed Forces & Society.

Qian, Juan. “Historical Ethnic Conflicts and the Rise of Islamophobia in Modern China.” 2021. Forthcoming in Ethnopolitics.

Shirikov, Anton. “The Oligarch Vanishes: Defensive Ownership, Property Rights, and Political Connections.” Forthcoming at Quarterly Journal of Political Science. (With John Earle, Scott Gehlbach, and Solomiya Shpak.)

Shirikov, Anton. “Russia: Muddling Through Populism and the Pandemic.” Forthcoming in: Renno, Lucio, and Nils Ringe (eds.). Populists and the Pandemic: How Populists Around the World Respond to COVID-19. Routledge. With Yoshiko M. Herrera and Valeriia Umanets.

Tennyson, Timothy T. 2022. “Cicero’s Romulus and the Crafting of Historical Exempla.” History of Political Thought, Vol. 43, No.1. (Forthcoming).

Weiss, Chagai M., Alexandra Siegel, and David Romney “How Threats of Exclusion Mobilize Palestinian Political Participation.” Forthcoming at The American Journal of Political Science.

Xinzhi Zhao,Ideological Context and the Study of Political Theory,” Hobbes Studies, Vol. 35, Issue 1, 2022, forthcoming.


Bassan-Nygate, Lotem & Chagai M. Weiss. “Party Competition and Cooperation Shape Affective Polarization: Evidence from Natural and Survey Experiments in Israel“. Comparative Political Studies. July 2021. doi:10.1177/00104140211024283

Bassan-Nygate, Lotem. “My Heart is in the West: Formation of Western Identity in Israel around the Korean War“. Politika, 30 (2021): 40-61.

Philip D. Bunn (2021) “Transcendent Rebellion: The Influence of Simone Weil on Albert Camus’ Esthetics”, Perspectives on Political Science, DOI: 10.1080/10457097.2021.1997529

Burden, Barry C. and Rochelle Snyder. 2021. “Explaining Uncontested Seats in Congress and State Legislatures.” American Politics Research. 

2021, continued

Carter, Kate M. “Internet Access and Control in Uganda”. In Examining Internet and Technology around the World, ed. Laura M. Steckman (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2021).

Frederick R. Chen. 2021. “Extended Dependence: Trade, Alliances, and Peace.” Journal of Politics  83(1): 246–259.

Haftel, Yoram Z., Soo Yeon Kim, & Lotem Bassan-Nygate. “High-Income Developing Countries, FDI Outflows and the International Investment Agreement Regime“, World Trade Review, August 2021, 1-17. doi:10.1017/S1474745621000434

Kustov, Alexander, Dillon Laaker, and Cassidy Reller. 2021. “The Stability of Immigration Attitudes: Evidence and Implications.” Journal of Politics. 83 (4): 1478-1494.

Levi Bankston & Barry C. Burden (2021) “Voter mobilization efforts can depress turnout”, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.

Lu, Jiaqi. “The Politics of Coal in the United States.” Book chapter, Political Determinants of Energy and Climate Policy, Routledge Press, forthcoming 2021, with Gregory Nemet.

Lu, Jiaqi. “Investigation of a coupling coordination degree model between low-carbon development and air quality in China.” Advances in Climate Change Research (2021) (with T. Liu and Q. Song, and Y. Qi).

Omar O. Dumdum & Levi Bankston (2021) “The Interplay of Actors in Political Communication: The State of the Subfield“, Political Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10584609.2021.1966597.

Shirikov, Anton. “Who Gets Ahead in Authoritarian Parliaments? The Case of the Russian State Duma.” (2021). The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Weiss, Chagai M.Diversity in Israeli Healthcare Institutions Reduces Prejudice towards Arabs.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118.14 (2021).

Zhao, Xinzhi. “A Ciceronian Defense of Democratic Participation.” Política & Sociedade, vol. 20, no. 47, 2021, pp. 103–129., doi:10.5007/2175-7984.2021.e78929.


Angulo Amaya, M.C., Anthony Bertelli, and Eleanor Woodhouse. 2020. “The Political Cost of Public-Private Partnerships: Theory and Evidence from Colombian Infrastructure Development.” Governance, 1-18.

Jessica H. Darrow & Jess Howsam Scholl (2020) “Chaos and Confusion: Impacts of the Trump Administration Executive Orders on the US Refugee Resettlement System”, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 44:4, 362-380, DOI: 1080.23303131.2020.1767745.

Judge-Lord, Devin. “Data and Methods for Analyzing Interest Group Influence in Rulemaking” with Daniel Carpenter, Brian Libgober, Steven Rashin. Interest Groups & Advocacy (2020).

Judge-Lord, Devin. “Do Private Regulations Ratchet Up? How to Distinguish Types of Regulatory Stringency and Patterns of Change” with Benjamin Cashore and Constance McDermott in Organization & Environment 33:1 (2020).

Lu, Jiaqi. “Evidence Map: Policy Implications of the Energy Transitions Literature.” Environmental Research Letters (2020). (with Gregory Nemet).

Lu, Jiaqi. “Knowledge spillovers between PV installers can reduce the cost of installing solar PV.” Energy Policy 144 (2020): 111600. (with G. Nemet, V. Rai, and R. Rao).

Lu, Jiaqi. “The Policy-Driven Peak and Reduction of China’s Carbon Emissions.” Advances in Climate Change Research (2020). (with Qi, Y., N. Stern, D. King, T. Wu, & T. Liu).

Meier, Anna. “The Idea of Terror: Institutional Reproduction in Government Responses to Political Violence”. International Studies Quarterly 64 (3): 499–509 (2020).

Shirikov, Anton. “Eurasia and Post-Communism: Weasel Words?” (2020). East European Politics and Societies, Vol.34, No.2. With Yoshiko M. Herrera and Dmitrii Kofanov.

Where our Grads are Now (since 2010-11)

Graduates from our program primarily pursue academic careers with the goal of a tenure-track position at a college or university. In recent years, our students have been offered tenure track positions at leading research universities such as Princeton University, Georgetown, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Florida State University, University of Pittsburgh, Boston University, Texas A+M, SUNY-Buffalo, Australian National University, London School of Economics, and George Washington University, among others. Our students also do well in obtaining positions at selective liberal arts colleges, such as Amherst, Grinnell, Wesleyan, Macalester College, and the University of San Francisco. Consistent with trends in the discipline, many students now receive a one or two-year post-doctoral fellowship after receiving their PhDs from our department, and in recent years our students have been awarded many of these, including at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, and USC. Some of our students will also choose to enter the private sector, the non-profit world, or government. In recent years our students have pursued careers such as Data Scientists, Consultants, Researchers, and Directors.





Anne Jamison International Relations Post-Doc


Assistant Professor

Princeton University (2020)

Stellenbosch University(2020)

Copenhagen Business School (2021)

Camila Angulo Comparative Politics Assistant Professor CIDE
Devin Judge-Lord American Politics Post-Doc Harvard University
Dmitrii Kofanov Comparative Politics Post-Doc University of Barcelona
Anna Meier International Relations Assistant Professor University of Nottingham
Kaden Paulson-Smith Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Sujeong Shim International Relations Post-Doc University of Zurich
Micah Dillard International Relations Data Analyst

Data Scientist

Achievement First (2020)

Morning Consult (2021)

Michael DeCrescenzo American Politics Quantitative Researcher DRW
Ben Power International Relations Associate Oliver Wyman
Delgerjargal Uvsh Comparative Politics Post-Doc


New York University (2020)

University of Southern California (2021)

Evan Morier Comparative Politics Data Analytics Developer Mathematica





Nick Barnes Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Saint Andrew’s – Scotland
Michael Masterson International Relations Assistant Professor Missouri State University
Maayan Mor Comparative Politics Post-Doc University of Barcelona
Anna Oltman International Relations Assistant Professor University College-London
Michael Promisel Political Theory Assistant Professor Coastal Carolina University
Katie Robiadek Political Theory Assistant Professor Hood College
Zach Warner Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Purdue University
Danielle Delaney Political Theory Assistant Professor Queen’s University





Desiree Desierto Comparative Politics Post-Doc


University of Rochester (2019)

University of Pittsburgh (2021)

Rachel Jacobs Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Dickinson College
Kyle Marquardt Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Higher School of Economics
Susanne Mueller-Redwood International Relations Lecturer Mount Holyoke College
Camilla Rueterswaerd Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Research Fellow

Freie Universitat Berlin (2019)

University of Sussex (2021)

Rachel Schwartz Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Tulane University (2019)

Otterbein University (2020)

Dan Walters American Politics Assistant Professor Penn State
David Lassen American Politics Community-Engaged Learning Program Director University of Notre Dame
Clarence Moore Comparative Politics Private Sector





Zachary Barnett-Howell International Relations Post-Doc Yale University
Hannah Chapman Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Miami University
Evan Crawford American Politics Assistant Professor University of San Diego
Katelyn Jones Political Theory Term Assistant Professor

Women, Peace, & Security Fellow | ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow

Independent Consultant

Non-Resident Fellow

Director of Quality and Research

Vice President of Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Barnard College (2017)

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2018)

DynamicAlly, LLC

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (2021)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (2021)

Kathleen Klaus Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of San Francisco
Christopher Krewson American Politics Assistant Professor Claremont University
Ning Leng Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Harvard University (2018)

Georgetown University (2019)

Ryan Powers International Relations Assistant Professor University of Georgia
Mark Toukan International Relations Post-Doc

Associate Political Scientist

University of Pennsylvania


Regina Wagner American Politics Assistant Professor University of Alabama
Jennifer Brookhart American Politics Fellow

Data Scientist

Lead Data Scientist – Cyber and Intelligence

Insight Data Science (2017-2019)

Jungle Scout (2018)

Mastercard (2020)

Matt Scharf Comparative Politics African Regional Operations Advisor

Senior Advisor, Public & Government Affairs (Guyana)

Deputy Public & Govt Affairs Manager (Guyana)

ExxonMobile (2017)

ExxonMobile (2019)

ExxonMobile (2021)





Sirus Bouchat Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Northwestern University
Thomas Bunting Political Theory Assistant Professor Shawnee State University
Kathleen Klaus Comparative Politics Visiting Assistant Professor Wesleyan University
Kyle Marquardt Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

University of Gothenburg (2015)

Higher School of Economics (2019)

Ryan Powers International Relations Post-Doc Yale University
Charles Taylor Comparative Politics Research Consultant

Research Consultant

Instructor and Course Director

American Friends Service Committee (2017)

Navanti Group (2018)

Foreign Service Institute (2019)

Samantha Vortherms Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Stanford University (2017)

UC-Irvine (2017)

Brianne Wolf Political Theory Assistant Professor Ashland University





Ethan Alexander-Davey Political Theory Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

University of Richmond (2016)

Campbell University (2017)

Sanja Badanjak Comparative Politics Post-Doc University of Edinburgh
Jessica Clayton International Relations Institutional Planner UW-Whitewater
Simon Haeder American Politics Assistant Professor West Virginia University
Bradley Jones American Politics Senior Researcher Pew Research Center
Dalton Lin International Relations Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Academia Sinica-Taiwan (2016)

Georgia Institute of Technology (2017)

James Sieja American Politics Assistant Professor St. Lawrence University
Benjamin Toff American Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Oxford University

University of Minnesota

Steven Wilson Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

University of Gothenburg (2016)

University of Nevado-Reno (2017)

Dominic Desapio Comparative Politics Private Sector/Government
Casey Erhlich-Rollow Comparative Politics

Manager of Research Review and Support

Senior Manager, Research Review and Support

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Lynn Fredrikkson Comparative Politics

Advocacy Director for Africa

Amnesty International USA
Leah Larson-Rabin Comparative Politics Private Sector/Government

Shahirah Mahmood

Comparative Politics Country Analyst

Evaluation Consultant




Freedom House (2016)

Spark Policy Institute (2017)

Grants Writer (Grants, Innovation and Program Development) (2018)

Senior Project Manager, Measurement and Evaluation (2020)

Director, Data Management, Measurement and Outcomes (2021)

Taylor Price Comparative Politics Private Sector/Government





Barry Driscoll Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Grinnell
Kyle Hanniman Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario
Brett Kyle Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Nebraska, Omaha
Ruoxi Li American Politics Assistant Professor California State University-San Marcos
Jeff Paller Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of San Francisco
Emily Sellars Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Texas A&M
Bill Egar American Politics Social Science Analyst

Data Scientist

Social Science Analyst

Senior Director, Data Science

US Government Accountability Office (2015)

The Lab @ DC (2017)

Congressional Research Service (2018)

Morning Consult (2020)





Adam Auerbach Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor American University
Galina Belokurova Comparative Politics Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Senior Data Analyst

Assistant Director of Operations, Institutional Research

West Coast University (2016)

UC San Diego (2017)

UC San Diego (2020)

Inken von Borzykowski International Relations Assistant Professor Florida State University
Guangxin Fan Political Theory Visiting assistant professor Hong Kong Baptist University 
Mert Kartal International Relations Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin-Steven Point 
Rebecca LeMoine Political Theory Assistant Professor Florida Atlantic University 
Roseanne McManus International Relations Assistant Professor Baruch College
Jacob Neiheisel American Politics Assistant Professor SUNY-Buffalo
Kristen Vekasi Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Maine-Orono
Se-Hyoung Yi Political Theory Assistant Professor Trinity Christian College
Vera Zuo Comparative Politics Visiting Assistant professor Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Ryan Biava Comparative Politics Affiliate Assistant Professor

Management Consultant, City-wide Strategic Initiatives

University of Washington Information School

City of Toronto

Nick Judge American Politics Programmer



Microsoft Advanced Analytics (2014)

RootProject (2017)

Judge Research (2018)

Yujin Kim American Politics Private sector/Government





Meina Cai Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor University of Connecticut
Jason Engle American Politics Consultant-Data and Statistics

Dean for Organizational Learning

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (2013)

Columbia Basin College (2016)

Rob Gingerich Political Theory Private sector/Government
Dimitri Kelly American Politics Assistant Professor Linfield College
Sarah Niebler American Politics Assistant Professor Dickinson College
Saemyi Park American Politics Assistant Professor Carson-Newman University
Mark Ratkovic American Politics Assistant Professor Princeton University
Kerry Ratigan  Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Amherst College





Leticia Bode American Politics Assistant Professor Georgetown University
Deven Carlson American Politics Assistant Professor University of Oklahoma
Meghan Condon American Politics Lecturer Loyola University Chicago
Sara Dahill-Brown American Politics Assistant Professor Wake Forest University
Evgeny Finkel Comparative Politics Assistant Professor George Washington University
Tim Hildebrandt Comparative Politics Assistant Professor King’s College London
Lesley Lavery American Politics Assistant Professor Macalester College
Jeremy Menchick Comparative Politics Post-Doc


Assistant Professor

Stanford University (2011)

American University of Beirut (2012)

Boston University (2013)

David Nelson American Politics

Director of Alumni Professional Networks

Managing Director of Alumni Engagement

The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging

UW Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (2014)

Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (2014)

Executive Director (2020)

Michael Pisapia American Politics Assistant Professor Wake Forest University
Ladan Affi Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Zayed University
Matt Holleque American Politics Deputy Statistical Modeling Director


Quantitative Researcher

Research Science Manager

Research Director

Obama for America Campaign (2012)

BlueLabs: Analytics, Data, and Technology (2013)

Facebook (2015)

Facebook (2108)

Facebook (2021)

Mark Ratkovic American Politics Lecturer Princeton University





Amnon Cavari American Politics Assistant Professor IDC-Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy
Yousun Chung Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica
Valerie Hennings American Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Iowa State University

Morningside University

Dong Wook Kim International Relations Assistant Professor Marquette University
Lauren McCarthy Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Woodrow Wilson Center/Kennan Institute

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Tricia Olsen Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Denver
Kimiko Osawa Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Yonsei University
Andrew Reiter International Relations Assistant Professor Mount Holyoke College

Madison Neighborhoods Nearby Campus

Information gathered from UW–Madison’s Campus Area Housing Listing Service, the Graduate School’s Housing and Transportation website, and “A Newcomers Guide to Madison”.

For more information on housing and transportation in Madison, you can visit UW–Madison’s Campus Area Housing Listing Service , which maintains up-to-date listings of private housing vacancies, including apartments, houses, roommate options, and cooperative living arrangements. You can also find additional helpful information on Madison neighborhoods on the Graduate School’s Housing and Transportation website.

Near West (Regent, Dudgeon-Monroe, Vilas, Greenbush neighborhoods)

  • The Vilas neighborhood is a quiet residential area near the UW Arboretum and Henry Vilas Zoo. This neighborhood is home to a good mix of UW undergrads, graduate students, staff, and faculty, and attracts more families with small children than some of the areas closer to downtown. The Regent neighborhood also has a similar feel.
  • Nearby Monroe Street and the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood is home to several eclectic shops with a number of coffee shops and restaurants.
  • The Greenbush neighborhood tends to have more undergraduate than graduate students in the area.

Isthmus/Near East (Tenney-Lapham, Marquette, Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara neighborhoods)

  • Lots of older rental properties and a healthy number of small parks, bike paths, and coffee shops make this area attractive to many grad students.
  • Though both sides of the isthmus are well-served by public transportation, the Mendota side (Johnson and Gorham Streets and the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood) is on several particularly high-traffic bus routes, making for easy travel to campus and around Madison. Closer to Lake Monona, the Williamson and Jenifer Street areas (Marquette neighborhood) are within easy reach of two Madison food co-ops and numerous restaurants and coffee houses. The Atwood area, which is a little beyond Willy Street and somewhat quieter, is another popular area with shops, entertainment, and restaurants.

Downtown (State/Langdon and Capitol neighborhoods)

  • Rentals closer to State Street tend to attract more undergraduates, but there are still plenty of graduate students who enjoy being centrally located.
  • Langdon street is where many of the undergraduate fraternities and sororities are located. Many find the area just south of the Capitol near Bassett Street convenient – it feels residential, but is still a short walk from the university.
  • Closer to the Capitol building and just east of the capitol has more of a mix of graduate and undergraduate students.

Near South (Park Street)

  • Just south of the Greenbush neighborhood, you can find lots of affordable housing along the various offshoots of Park Street as you head south. This area has ethnic supermarkets, Mexican eateries, and some coffee shops.
  • It’s popular among grad students, young professionals, retirees, and young families who want to live close to downtown, in a quiet neighborhood, and on a budget. It is also close to the UW Arboretum and Monona Bay, which make for great running or biking routes.

Tips on finding housing in Madison from current Political Science first-year grad students

  • Facebook groups, Facebook Marketplace, Zillow, Abodo, and Apartments.com are all good resources to browse housing options.
  • Communicate directly with the property management companies or landlords when possible.
  • If you aren’t able to visit Madison, many landlords are willing to Facetime/Skype/Zoom to see a virtual tour of an apartment or house.
  • Talking with (or read Facebook reviews, posts, etc.) from current tenants as opposed to just communication with the landlord. This can give you a better sense of the positives and negatives of a place.
  • Parking at the University and on campus can be hard to find and expensive. It’s helpful to see if your apartment will be on a bus line. Many students do not drive to campus, even if they have a car.
  • Google Maps is a really useful tool to look at different areas and how close to different amenities they are. You might consider how important it is to be near coffee shops, laundromats, etc.
  • Generally downtown apartments right next to campus have lots of undergraduates.
  • Talk with other students in your cohort!

Tips for International Students

  • If you don’t have any credit history in the U.S., apartments and landlords may ask for a co-signer.
    • A co-signer is someone who adds their name to the primary person’s apartment application, agreeing to be legally responsible for the rent, and any additional fees, should the primary person be unable to pay.
    • If you aren’t able to find a co-signer, apartments may ask you to send the full amount of the rent of a year instead of making monthly payments.
    • Sometimes international students may start by living in University Apartments to build credit history.
  • Apartments don’t always include utilities such as heating and electricity in the rent. If they don’t, you’ll need to pay for them separately in addition to your rent.
  • Some apartments allow credit cards or transfer to their account, while others only receive checks or direct transfers from checking accounts.

Important questions to consider when looking for housing

  • What is most important to you in selecting an apartment?
    • Things to consider: price range, whether or not utilities are included, location, laundry facilities, parking options, etc.
  • Do you want to live with roommates or on your own?
    • Facebook housing groups can be useful to find roommates
    • You might also find roommates among your grad cohort
  • Do you want to be able to walk or bike to campus and/or bars and restaurants? Will you take the bus? If you drive, do you have parking on campus and are you willing to pay for parking?

Madison Rankings & Accolades

#4 Greenest Cities in the U.S. (zippia.com, August 2020)

#3 Best State Capitals to Live In (wallethub.com February 2020)

#8 Best Places to Live (money.com September 2019)

#3 Top 100 Best Places to Live (livability.com, October 2020)

#2 Best Places for Outdoor Enthusiasts to Live and Work (smartasset.com, October 2020)

#2 Best Cities for Millennials (rent.com, September 2020)

One of the Best Small Cities in America (National Geographic, January 2018)

#1 Nicest Cities in America (Cheatsheet.com, June 2018)

#2 Most Walkable Cities (Expedia.com, May 2018)

#2 Best Cities for Bikes (peopleforbikes.org, June 2020)

#1 Best College Football Town in America (si.com, August 2019)

#2 Best Cities for Farmers’ Markets (Better Homes & Gardens, June 2019)

#4 Best Beer Destination in the World (VinePair.com, January 2018)

#1 Best Places in the U.S. for Raising Children (diversitydatakids.com, January 2020)

#1 Cities with Best Work-Life Balance (smartasset.com, January 2020)

Intellectual Life in the Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science Ph.D. students are encouraged to participate in our weekly workshops and colloquia. The workshops and colloquia offered in the Department are the American Politics Workshop, Comparative Politics Colloquium, International Relations Colloquium, Political Economy Colloquium, MEAD – Models, Experiments, and Data Workshop, and the Political Theory Workshop.

Workshops are one of the most important intellectual spaces in the department, providing an opportunity to become exposed to cutting-edge research and a chance to meet with scholars from other universities. In addition to featuring faculty papers and outside speakers, the workshops are an integral part of graduate training, serving as a place for students to present papers as well as dissertation prospectuses, grant proposals, dissertation chapters, and practice job talks.

The following are a few examples of recent presentations by outside speakers at our workshops:

  • Chris Karpowitz (BYU), “Race in the Jury: Does Racial Representation Matter?”
  • Mary McGrath (Northwestern), “Voter bias and the partisan gender-gap in office”
  • Manny Teodoro (UW-Madison – LaFollette), “Centripetal Force: bureaucratic ideology and the mainstays of American democracy”
  • Robert Braun (UC Berkeley), “Bloodlines: National Border Crossings and Antisemitism in Weimar Germany”
  • Ken Opalo (Georgetown), “The Cyclical Electoral Effects of Programmatic Policies: Evidence from Tanzania”
  • Ellen Lust (University of Gothenburg), “Gender Composition and Procedural Legitimacy: Insights from a Multi-Country Survey Experiment”
  • Lizhi Liu (Georgetown University), “A China Shock or a Multinational Shock? A Reappraisal of the China Shock in Trade”
  • Carly Wayne (Washington University St. Louis), “Risk or Retribution: How Citizens Respond to Terrorism”
  • Molly Melin (Loyola University-Chicago), “The Building and Breaking of Peace: Understanding Corporate Effects on Conflict Prevention and Resolution”
  • Arthur Spirling (NYU), “Embedding Regression: Models for Context-Specific Description and Inference”
  • Eddy Malesky (Duke), “Facilitating Development: Evidence from a National-Level Experiment on Improving Bureaucratic Performance in Myanmar”
  • Kaiping Chen (UW-Madison – Life Sciences Communication), “Believing and Sharing Misinformation and Accurate Information about Outgroups: An Experiment to Study the Role of Intergroup Message Framing and Source Cues in the Context of Sino-US Vaccine Development”
  • Soledad Artiz Prillaman (Stanford University), “Strength in Numbers: Breaking the Patriarchal Household through Collective Action”
  • Alan Kahan (Université de Versailles/St. Quentin), “Liberalism – An Incomplete History”
  • Denise Walsh (University of Virginia), “When Culture Versus Women’s Rights is Imperialist
  • Torrey Shanks (University of Toronto Scarborough), “Giving Voice to the Objects and Relations of Property”

Methods Training & Preparation

As a department, we are committed to providing you with the training you need to both carry out your dissertation project and to provide you with a strong foundation to take future projects in any direction they could go. Graduate school will require an adjustment period as you grow your research skills quickly. Our expectations are high, and we are sure you can meet them. We also want to set all of you up for success! In that vein, we have developed this guide with some ideas of things you can do in advance of formally starting in the program.

Familiarity with the items below will make taking quantitative methodology courses at the graduate level easier and will ease the transition to conducting your own statistical research. If you have had less exposure to the below topics, we encourage you to spend time between now and your arrival in Madison engaging with these topics.

If you can do two things over the summer, start with our Intro to math for political science (UW Summer Program) as well as thinking about Research Design.

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Intro to math for political science (UW Summer Program)

All of us are primarily interested in politics not math, per se. Yet, the more math you have under your belt, the easier it is to develop a thorough understanding of statistical methods. The more exposure you have before starting in the fall, the easier the quantitative methods sequence will be.

Our Summer Intro to math for Political Science program is intended to provide appropriate scaffolding and is divided into modules so that you can focus on the areas that are most appropriate given your prior training. Our summer program is intended to be completed remotely, with support from faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and an instructional team. Students will read course material, watch video lectures, and complete weekly problems on topics in calculus, probability theory, and linear algebra. (Stay tuned for details!)

Some of this material will also be reviewed in our “Math camp” the week before classes start. However, again, the more comfortable you are with these background concepts and tools, the easier your first year will be.

Start thinking about Research Design

Start thinking about Research Design and the logic of inference (using books that will be required in your first-year courses):

Familiarity with R

Familiarity with R will make your first year easier! R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics that has come to be the standard in the field. If you will be doing any quantitative work, you are likely to use it! It has a relatively more user-friendly interface (RStudio). We will have an introduction to R and how to use it as part of our “Math Camp” the week before the semester starts, but, as above, the more familiarity you have with it, the faster you feel comfortable using it.

Familiarity with Typesetting Programs

Typesetting programs (Markdown, RMarkdown, LaTX): If you are planning to do quantitative work, it is likely you will encounter or need to write in Markdown, LaTeX, or a related typesetting program at some point in your grad career. So early familiarity with these typesetting systems can help.

Recent Graduate Student Awards

UW-Madison Department of Political Science 2022 TA Award

APSA Dissertation Improvement Grant

APSA Summer Centennial Grant

Mary Washburn Willetts Award

University of Wisconsin-Madison Capstone Teaching Award

University of Wisconsin-Madison Early Excellence in Teaching Award

University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuity of Instruction Award

UW-Madison Department of Political Science 2021 TA Award

Humane Studies Fellowship

Jordan Prize, African Studies Program

Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for Outstanding Research in the Social Sciences

Mildred Potter Hovland Journal Article Prize

Leon Esptein Prize in American and British Politics

Adam Smith Fellowship, Mercatus Center

Research Group Funding Award (Survey of attitudes toward GMOs in Mexico), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hsueh International Fellowship Fund, American Political Science Association

Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship, George Mason University

CREECA FLAS Fellow (Kazakh language and Central Asian area studies)

Charles and Gayle Mazursky Student Support Fund, University of Wisconsin-Madison

George L. Mosse Graduate Exchange Fellowship

Bourse and Bazaar Foundation Visiting Fellowship

Ronald Rapoport Summer Research Collaborative Program

George and Sylvia Laikin Prize, Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching Fellow Award, UW-Madison College of Letters & Sciences

Teaching Assistant Award, Integrated Liberal Studies Program

UW-Madison Department of Political Science TA Award

Don Lavoie Fellowship, Mercatus Center

Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison

David A. Lake Award, International Political Economy Society

Holtz Center Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Future Faculty Partner, University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy

Graduate student research award from the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

NSF GRFP Award (2019-2022)

Hawai’i/Wisconsin LUCE Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowship

University of Wisconsin-Madison Early Excellence in Teaching Award

IHS Fellowship

Mildred Potter Hovland Award, Department of Political Science

IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award

The Morris Abrams Award in International Relations

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Award

Fulbright Research Award

Bradley Fellowship UW-Madison

International Relations Research Group Award

Devorah Manekin and Dr. Noga Ofek-Shlomai Research Award from Israel Institute

Charles and Gayle Mazursky Student Support Fund Award, Center for Jewish Studies

Research award, Minerva Center for Human Rights at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jordan Prize (African Studies Program)

Robert F. and Jane E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies