• 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

    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

    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

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

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  • Women in the Senate

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

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  • Lieber on American Decline

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

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  • 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

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

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  • BERNSTEIN LECTURE

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

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  • 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 a community of theoretically-sophisticated and policy-engaged scholars and students. Our mission is three-fold: teaching, research and service. In teaching, the Department seeks to provide its students with the tools to develop skills that will be important within and beyond the discipline of political science. These skills include critical thinking, writing, and communicating abilities that will enable our students to be productive citizens and leaders in their fields. 

The Department’s research mission is to produce scholarship that meets the highest disciplinary standards for excellence and contributing to contemporary political debates. We emphasize hiring and retaining faculty members who will expend considerable energy creating an intellectually open and challenging environment. 

Building on the Jesuit ideal of service and leveraging our position as the best university in Washington, D.C., our faculty members and students participate in political debates, advise practitioners, and disseminate knowledge to scholars, practitioners, and the public at-large.