Political Science

  • Students with U.S. Representative Fred Upton and U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

    iOme Team: Winners of national contest meet with Washington lawmakers.

  • C-Span Bus

    C-Span bus visits WMU: Students check out its touchscreen computers and tune in to live broadcast feeds.

  • Carl Levin in classroom

    High-profile guest speakers: U.S. Senator Carl Levin speaks with a political science class.

News and events


  • Dr. Paul Clements, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Masters in International Development graduate program, is the Democratic nominee for the 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. His talk "Science on the Campaign Trail: Climate Change in the Clements-Upton Congressional Race" will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014, from 1:00- 2:30 p.m. in 2500 Knauss Hall. The talk is sponsored by the University Center for the Humanities STEAM working group.
  • Krishna H. Pushkar is the Joint Secretary of the Government of Nepal, and a Fulbright Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Michigan State University. His talk "World Cup Football on the Migrant's Grave: The Modern Kafala Slavery System”will take place Tuesday, October 21, in the Political Science Library (Friedmann 3301) at 3:30 p.m. Contact peter.wielhouwer@wmich.edu for more information.

Faculty news

  • Dr. Paul Clements is the Democratic nominee for the 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Click here for a list of some other Broncos on the November general election ballot.
  • Dr. Mark Hurwitz has been named editor-in-chief of Justice System Journal, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the National Center for State Courts.

Student awards

  • Jacob Nelson, a senior majoring in Political Science and Economics, was honored by the Michigan Political Science Association for having written the best paper by an undergraduate during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Nelson's paper, submitted for his Democratization in South Asia class, was nominated by Dr. Mahendra Lawoti.

Ph.D. Placements

  • Matt Arsenault (Ph.D. 2012) has been appointed assistant professor (tenure track) at Mount Aloysius College beginning in fall 2014. He previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Michael Romano (Ph.D. 2014) has been appointed visiting assistant professor at Georgia Southern University beginning in fall 2014.

Political science alumni recall how their education has made a difference in their careers.