• Teaching and Learning in Prison

    Teaching and Learning in Prison

    Prof. Marc Howard teaches class on world politics at Jessup Correctional Institution

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  • The Birth of Modern Istanbul

    The Birth of Modern Istanbul

    Prof. Charles King discusses the emergence of modern Istanbul and the city's transformation into a vibrant metropolis.

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  • Political Economy of UN Security Council

    Political Economy of UN Security Council

    Prof. James Vreeland investigates the ways governments trade money for favors at the United Nations Security Council

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  • Politics of Labor Regulation

    Politics of Labor Regulation

    Prof. Matthew Carnes examines the political dynamics of labor laws and worker rights in Latin America in the face of globalization

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  • Political Ideologies

    Political Ideologies

    Professor Hans Noel traces the role of ideological thinkers in reshaping America's political parties

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  • Women in the Senate

    Women in the Senate

    Professor Swers examines the impact of gender difference in the Senate.

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  • Lieber on American Decline

    Lieber on American Decline

    Professor Robert Lieber argues against the widely proclaimed idea of American decline

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  • Goldsmith Book Prize

    Goldsmith Book Prize

    Jonathan M. Ladd is the 2013 winner in the academic category for “Why Americans Hate the Media and How It Matters."

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  • U.S.-Russian Relations

    U.S.-Russian Relations

    Prof. Angela Stent calls for a reassessment of the principles driving U.S.-Russian relations

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor stresses relationships, public service in Georgetown talk

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  • Ethics, Power and Politics

    Ethics, Power and Politics

    Actor Kevin Spacey and Georgetown's Ron Klain at the Sullivan Lecture on Ethics and Government

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The Department of Government is an open, dynamic, and publicly engaged community of scholars, students, and professional staff. We believe in the ideal of scholarship for its own sake but are also deeply committed to the role of cutting-edge research in informing politics and public life

The department has a strong tradition in the major subfields of political science: American politics, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and political economy. Our Ph.D. program trains new generations of scholars to tackle some of the most pressing conundrums in political and social life. They go on to become academics in the world’s leading colleges and universities as well as to positions of influence in government and global affairs. Our four master’s degrees offer challenging, policy-oriented programs focused on such issues as democracy, conflict, development, and U.S. politics at the federal, state, and local levels. Through jointly appointed faculty and shared programming, the department has strong links to Georgetown’s other major units concerned with politics and policy: the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the McCourt School of Public Policy, and the Georgetown Law Center.

Our position in Washington, DC—an international city, the national capital, and a vibrant urban metropolis with its own cultures and histories—offers our students an unrivalled opportunity to engage directly in political life. Whether attending a Supreme Court session, interning at the World Bank, reading under the dome of the Library of Congress, or working to counter poverty in a DC neighborhood, our students have the opportunity to build a life that values both intellectual exploration and deep engagement with the world.