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Douglass Campus, Rutgers University-New Brunswick             The Political Science Department at Rutgers is internationally known for its faculty in American Politics, Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Law. Our department engages broad questions about such topics as race and inequality, causes of war, how voters decide, and what influences government decision-making, both in the United States and abroad. Our faculty are frequent contributors to public debates, providing expert analysis and sharing academic knowledge with the public.

The department runs the Center for the Experimental Study of Politics and Psychology and has close ties to the Eagleton Institute of Politics and its Center for Public Interest Polling. Several of our faculty and former graduate students are affiliated with the Center for American Women and Politics, and our graduate program is the only one in the nation to have a major field of study in Women and Politics. The Rutgers Women and Politics program is currently celebrating its 30th year. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor, a master’s degree in UN and Global Studies, and a competitive PhD program that trains students for careers in academia and research.

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              The political science department is saddened by the traffic loss of Darren Drake, a political science major and 2007 graduate of Rutgers University, who was killed in the terrorist attacks in New York City on October 31st. Professors who had him in class remember him as an excellent student who was particularly knowledgeable about New Jersey politics. His “junior seminar” class conducted an exit poll in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional district for the 2006 federal elections. As Professor Jane Junn (now at the University of Southern California) recalls, “the class was unusual in that it was a research seminar, and what we did was design the exit poll, get certified for human subjects research, and then the students themselves conducted the exit poll, gathered the data at the polling places, and then entered the data like crazy on the Eagleton computers and analyzed and “called” the election. We ate lots of pizza and junk food that night and stayed up until after midnight to watch the results. I remember it was very close, but we called the outcome correctly.” 

The political science department extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Darren Drake.

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