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Political Science

Emeriti: (Professors) David B. Abernethy, Lucius J. Barker, Richard A. Brody, Charles Drekmeier, John Ferejohn, John W. Lewis, John Manley, James March, Hubert R. Marshall, Daniel Okimoto, Robert A. Packenham, Philippe Schmitter, Robert Ward, Hans N. Weiler; (Senior Lecturer) Elisabeth Hansot

Chair: James D. Fearon

Professors: David W. Brady, Joshua Cohen, James D. Fearon, Morris P. Fiorina, Judith L. Goldstein, Stephen H. Haber, David J. Holloway, Shanto Iyengar, Simon D. Jackman, Terry L. Karl, Stephen D. Krasner, Jon A. Krosnick, David D. Laitin, Michael A. McFaul (on leave), Terry M. Moe, Josiah Ober, Jean C. Oi, Jack N. Rakove, Condoleezza Rice (on leave), Douglas Rivers, Scott D. Sagan, Gary M. Segura, Paul M. Sniderman, Barry R. Weingast

Associate Professors: Beatriz Magaloni, Rob Reich, Jonathan A. Rodden, Kenneth A. Schultz, Michael R. Tomz, Jeremy Weinstein

Assistant Professors: Lisa Blaydes (on leave), Karen L. Jusko, Phillip Y. Lipscy, Peter Stone, Jonathan Wand

Lecturers: Tammy Frisby, Azi Lev-On, Andrew R. Rutten, Bruce Sievers, James Steyer, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

Courtesy Professors: David P. Baron, Jonathan B. Bendor, Coit D. Blacker, Gerhard Casper, Martha Crenshaw, Larry Diamond, Gerald A. Dorfman, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, James Fishkin, Lawrence Friedman, Keith Krehbiel, Debra M. Satz, Stephen J. Stedman

Courtesy Associate Professor: Ken Shotts

Courtesy Assistant Professors: Saumitra Jha, Neil A. Malhotra

Visiting Professors: Josef Joffe, Abbas Milani

Visiting Associate Professors: Alice Miller, Terry Sullivan

Acting Instructors: Allegra McLeod, Keiran Oberman

Department Offices: Encina Hall West, Room 100

Mail Code: 94305-6044

Phone: (650) 723-1806

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Political Science are listed under the subject code POLISCI on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.


The mission of the undergraduate program in Political Science is to provide students with a solid grasp of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts, social movements, ideological systems and diversity. Courses in the major are designed to help students gain competency in the primary subfields of political science including American and comparative politics, international relations, and the theory/philosophy of politics, to introduce students to a variety of research methodologies and analytical frameworks, and to develop students' written and oral communication skills. Students in the program have excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as careers in government, business, and not-for-profit organizations.


The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of core knowledge within the discipline of political science.
  2. the ability to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in writing.
  3. the ability to analyze a problem and draw correct inferences using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
  4. the ability to evaluate theory and critique research within the discipline of Political Science

Graduate Programs in Political Science

Admission—Prospective graduate students should see for application materials. Applicants are required to submit a recent sample of their writing (not to exceed 35 pages) and to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL requirements are waived for applicants who have recently completed two or more years of study at a university where all instruction is provided in English. For details concerning these tests, see the Guide to Graduate Admission, available at The application deadline is December 1. Admission is offered for the Autumn Quarter only. The department expects all students to pursue a full-time program except for time devoted to teaching or research assistantships.

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