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Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

Faculty working with Students: 22
Students: 29
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 75.86%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 575 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 90 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

Fifteen faculty members teach and conduct research in the major subfields of the discipline: American, comparative, international relations, public policy and administration, political theory, and political methodology, with sub-specializations in public law, political communication, political psychology, French and European politics, American foreign policy, gender and politics, environmental policy, and qualitative methodology.

Admission Requirements:

writing sample

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

 

  1. To prepare students to achieve their professional goals and prepare them to pursue professional careers.
    • Students demonstrate professional skills such as creating high quality curriculum vitae, learning about theories of teaching, ethics associated with human subjects ¬†research and how to get published in disciplinary based journals.
    • Students present original research in peer-reviewed journals or in conference papers given at regional and national professional association meetings.
    • Students secure academic or professional employment commensurate with their education and career goals.
  2. To prepare students to be effective researchers.
    • Students read and synthesize the literature in a variety of subfields in Political Science.
    • Students identify sound research questions and generate hypotheses that are appropriate to an original research problem.
    • Students gather, organize, analyze, and report data on an original research topic.
    • Students communicate research effectively in both written and oral forms.
  3. To prepare students to be effective teachers.
    • Students become independent teachers with the ability to utilize appropriate teaching techniques and technologies in order to develop effective and engaging ¬†lecture material, class activities, and assignments.
    • Students communicate information clearly and effectively in oral and written form and create a positive learning environment that encourages student ¬†understanding.
    • Students develop quizzes, examinations and assignments that successfully evaluate student learning.
  4. To provide students with foundational knowledge in the discipline of political science.
    • Students demonstrate expertise in appropriate concepts, theories and emerging methodologies in political science.

Student Opportunities:

None at WSU

Career Opportunities:

Academic career at research university or teaching college, research thinktanks, non-profit organizations, corporations, and governmental careers.

Career Placements:

Academic jobs at various Research I universities, as well as ones at smaller liberal arts colleges.
Government analytic and policy making jobs (defense and intelligence community).
Work for profit and non-profit organizations.

Faculty Members:

Campbell, Joseph Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Clayton, Cornell William, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

His research interests include public law, American government, and political theory, and he is currently co-editor of Political Research Quarterly.

Cottam, Martha L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

political psychology, international politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, and North-South conflict and cooperation.

Glazebrook, Patricia, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

ecofeminism, ancient philosophy, philosophy of technology, environmental philosophy and climate change and climate justice

Goldsby, Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Kabasenche, William Paul, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Leeb, Claudia, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

contemporary political theory and philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century continental political thought, feminist political theory, Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, psychoanalysis, democratic theory, history of political thought

Long, Carolyn Nestor, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

American Institutions, Public Law and American Public Policy.

Lopez, Anthony, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Evolutionary Politics, Coalitional Aggression

Lovrich, Nicholas P, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Mazur, Amy Gale, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Her research interests focus on comparative feminist policy issues with a particular emphasis on France.

Myers, Michael W, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Nice, David C, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

presidency and legislative behavior, American politics, state and local politics, public budgeting, research methods, political parties

Preston, John Thomas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Ridout, Travis Nelson, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Salamone, Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Shier, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Stehr, Steven D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Stephan, Mark, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Stichter, Matt, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Thiers, Paul, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Townsen, Ashly Adam, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Diane Scott
PO Box 644880
Johnson Tower 801
Pullman, WA 99164-4880
509-335-2545
509-335-7990
Martha Cottam
PO Box 644880
Johnson Tower 813
Pullman, WA 99164-4880
509-335-7997
509-335-7990