• Religion and Modernity

    Prof. Jocelyne Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam.

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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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  • The EU After Ukraine

    Prof. McNamara discusses how EU foreign policy could impact the evolution of politics in Ukraine.

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  • Crimea, the Tinderbox

    Prof. Charles King discusses the implications of Russian military intervention in Crimea.

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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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  • Nuclear Diplomacy in Iran

    Prof. Brumberg argues that a nuclear deal could either foster or hinder domestic reform in Iran.

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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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  • Privacy Pretense

    Professor Abraham Newman discusses how Silicon Valley helped the NSA

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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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  • Tribute to Prof. Carey

    Remembering the life and work of Dr. George W. Carey (1933-2013)

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  • Labor and Inequality

    Professor Matthew Carnes, S.J., discusses his research on labor, welfare and inequality.

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  • Nuclear Iran

    Professor Matt Kroenig sounds a cautious note on the Iranian election.

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The Department of Government is a community of theoretically-sophisticated and policy-engaged scholars and students. We have a teaching mission, a research mission, and a service mission. In teaching, the Department seeks to provide its students with the theoretical and practical knowledge at the heart of the discipline of political science and to develop skills that will be important within and beyond the discipline. These skills include critical thinking, writing, and communicating abilities that will enable our students to be productive citizens and leaders in their chosen 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 contribute to these efforts and 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.