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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
  • GRE

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:

Our Ph.D. is designed to give students substantive flexibility in mapping out their program of study.  Students choose from one major foundational training area within which they will focus for their preliminary exams:

  • Institutions and Processes
  • Behavior and Psychology
  • Theory and Philosophy

Students also choose a specialization field:

  • American Politics
  • Global Politics
  • Public Policy/Public Administration

The foundational training area allows students flexibility in structuring their course loads  to take advantage of the areas of particular strength within our department, such as political psychology, global justice and security studies, philosophy, and gender, while building critical skills in research and methodology.

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 of graduate committee

Clayton, Cornell William, Ph.D.

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

Kabasenche, William Paul, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

My research is in the area of the ethics of biomedical technologies (both the ethics of research and the implications of the application of such technologies).

Leeb, Claudia, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

American Institutions, Public Law and American Public Policy.

Lopez, Anthony, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Evolutionary Politics, Coalitional Aggression

Lovrich, Nicholas P, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Mazur, Amy Gale, Ph.D.

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

Nice, David C, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of 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 of graduate committee

Ridout, Travis Nelson, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Political communication, campaigns, political advertising, public opinion

Salamone, Michael, Ph.D.

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

Shier, David, Ph.D.

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

Stehr, Steven D, Ph.D.

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

Stephan, Mark, Ph.D.

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

Stichter, Matt, Ph.D.

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

Thiers, Paul, Ph.D.

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

Townsen, Ashly Adam, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of 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