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Graduate Student Research

Matthew Saintsing '15M did field research on Kenyan security policy. This picture was taken in Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

Political Science Opportunities

Political Science graduate students have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty advisers who are widely recognized for their research in a number of areas, including U.S. politics as well as current events happening around the world, including Africa and the Middle East.

Faculty research areas include:

  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Law and Politics

Students should consult the list of Faculty Research Areas and reach out to faculty with whom they might want to work.

Graduate Student Research and Scholarly Accomplishments


  • Matthew Saintsing '15M was awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship from Yale University, allowing him to travel to Kenya in July 2014 for language training and field research on Kenyan security policy. He presented his research at the eighth annual Michigan State University Africanist Graduate Student Conference in October 2014.
  • Chris Maltbie '15M participated in the "Cultures of Security in a Transatlantic and Global Context" workshop, hosted by the Institute for American Studies at the Universitat Leipzig. The workshop is designed to provide graduate students interested in working in government, international organizations, or the international private sector with advanced training on policy issues related to war and security.
  • Evelyn Salinas Castro '15M received support from the Department of Political Science to present her work on the emergence of armed auto defense groups in the Mexican drug war as a revolutionary movement at the Capitalism & Socialism: Utopia, Globalization, and Revolution conference at the University of Southern Indiana in November 2014.
  • Basileus Zeno '15M served as the Main Consultant for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia's "National Agenda for the Future of Syria" report. He is also an ongoing consultant for the Carter Center's Syria Transition Options Initiative, and he presented his paper "A Critical Examination of Women, Peace, and Security Discourse in the Syrian Conflict" at the Northeastern Political Science Association's annual conference in November 2014.

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