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

Past lectures

  • Oct. 20: "A Brief but Useful Guide to the 2016 Elections"
    Dr. Daron R. Shaw, University of Texas at Austin
  • Oct. 20: "But That's Not How the Pros Do It! Testing the Effects of Multiple Forms of Practioner-Designed Campaign Out-Reach"
    Dr. Daron R. Shaw, University of Texas at Austin
  • Sept. 29: "Safeguarding the Constitution: What You Can Do to Improve the American Criminal Justice System"
    Marla Mitchell-Cichon, WMU-Cooley Law School
  • Sept. 17: "When Do Foreign Banks Cut and Run? Evidence from West European Bail-Outs and East European Markets"
    Rachel Epstein, University of Denver
  • Sept. 17: "Catching Up in the Global Economy: Good and Bad Banks in East Central Europe"
    Rachel Epstein, University of Denver
  • April 21: "Truth Justice and Reconciliation on the Ground: Normative Divergence in the Western Balkans"
    Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University
  • April 21: "Crisis at The Hague: What Has Gone Wrong with International War Crimes Trials?"
    Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University
  • April 7: "Expecting Poverty and Violence: How Expectations Shape Underclass Youth"
    John M. Bolland, University of Alabama
  • Feb. 4: "Careers in Local Government Management in Michigan"
    Rebecca Fleury, Battle Creek City Manager and Mike Seldon, Wayland City Manager.
  • Nov. 20, 2014: "It Isn't Over in the Neighborhoods:  Addressing Ongoing Effects of Predatory Lending and the Foreclosure Crisis”
    Judge Raymond L. Pianka, Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
  • Oct. 21, 2014: "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, 2014: "’The Ties that Bind’: Political Theory and Critical Political Science"
    Nancy Love, Appalachian State University
  • April 17, 2014: "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty"
    Maria Koinova, University of Warwick (UK)


For more information, contact Peter Wielhouwer.