30016456367 95f0199ff6 k             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.


Dear Friends,

These are extraordinarily difficult times and we want to acknowledge that some members of our department are in unique and precarious positions in our community. The murder of George Floyd and the ensuing violence against protestors draws into sharp relief the persistence of racism, and the dehumanization of African-Americans in the United States. We recognize that, for some, these realities are part of common experience and we want to affirm our commitment to, and support for, members of our community -- our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and staff.

On June 3rd the Advisory Committee of the Political Science Department discussed these issues and drafted the statement below to be posted on the department website:

The murder of George Floyd is a horrifying reminder of the long history of state violence against African-Americans in the United States. We condemn racism in all its forms, as well as the deep structural inequalities that have persisted for far too long. Respect for the dignity and humanity of African-Americans and all people of color is vital for us to become a more equal, just, and fair nation. We reaffirm our commitment to the diversity and inclusiveness of the Rutgers community. We also decry state violence directed at peaceful protestors. As a political science department, we understand that voice and dissent, along with equality for all, are bedrock principles of our democracy.