Department News

Congratulations, Graduating Seniors in the Class of 2020! The entire Department thanks you for all of your effort and your dedication throughout your career at Tufts. Because the faculty were unable to wish you goodbye in person, they’ve put together this video message that we want to share with each of you. As many of them say, please let us know how and what you’re doing in the future!

Faculty News

Chair of the Political Science Department Deborah J. Schildkraut and Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies Brian Schaffner are quoted in a discussion on white racial attitudes moving into the 2020 election. Read more >

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences James Glaser, Chair of the Political Science Department Deborah J. Schildkraut and Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies Brian Schaffner discuss public opinion on Federalism in the midst of a pandemic. Read more >

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser, Political Science Chair Deborah Schildkraut, and John Richard Skuse Professor of Political Science Jeffrey M. Berry have published a post on Data for Progress regarding Fox News' influence on attitudes towards Coronavirus. Read more >

Associate Professor Pearl T. Robinson won the African Studies Association’s 2019 Distinguished Africanist Award. Read more >

Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of International Relations, was on BBC Radio talking about conspiracy theories and why they spread so easily. Listen here >

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Due to recent developments with COVID-19, ALL Political Science spring events have been cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Please contact if you should have any questions or concerns.

Students: please also read this letter from our Chair regarding communications with our faculty and staff during this time.

The following courses have updated information relevant to the Fall 2020 semester:

  • PS 99: The faculty have decided that internships for PS-99 in the fall can be remote. However, all other requirements and guidelines remain unchanged. Learn more >
  • PS 196: Independent Studies in Political Science are now variable credit. This means that you have the option to choose from a variety of credit hours, and can fit an independent study more flexibly into your course schedule. For more information, please see this checklist, and ask your professors if you are interested in designing an independent study.

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The Department of Political Science at Tufts University ranks among the leading undergraduate political science departments in the country. We are committed to enhancing the understanding of our domestic and international political landscape through the four subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and Philosophy. Learn more >

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