Institute of Government and Politics

The Institute of Government and Politics in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University introduces students, faculty and the greater Kalamazoo community to scholars of politics and political actors from outside the University and to the current research of departmental faculty and students. The institute teams with student groups throughout the university to arrange these campus visits and is an outreach arm of the Department of Political Science.

Focus of institute events

  • American politics and government
  • International and comparative politics
  • Political theory

Expert speakers

  • Diplomatic and consular officials
  • Federal policymakers
  • State and local elected officials

Featured series

Upcoming lectures

  • Judge Raymond L. Pianka is Judge of the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court, serving since 1996. His talk "It Isn't Over in the Neighborhoods:  Addressing Ongoing Effects of Predatory Lending and the Foreclosure Crisis” will take place Thursday, November 20 in room 2208 of Dunbar Hall at 12:30 p.m. Contact Dr. Peter Wielhouwer for more information.

Past lectures

  • October 21: "World Cup Football on the Migrant's Grave: The Modern Kafala Slavery System”
    Krishna H. Pushkar, Michigan State University and Joint Secretary of Nepal

  • March 13: "’The Ties that Bind’: Political Theory and Critical Political Science"
    Nancy Love, Appalachian State University
  • April 17: "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty"
    Maria Koinova, University of Warwick (UK)


For more information, contact Peter Wielhouwer.