M.A. Democracy & Governance

Practitioners and scholars in fields as diverse as public policy, development, international relations, and security studies increasingly recognize that successful programs in their fields require effective and accountable governance.

The Democracy and Governance Program seeks to understand the foundations of democratic and responsive government, how policymakers can create and implement policies to achieve these objectives, and prepares students for careers in democracy assistance, governance reform, politics, and international affairs.

The program provides graduate training with its Masters in Democracy and Governance (M.A.) and advances research in the areas of democratic change and governance reform through the Center for Democracy and Civil Society (CDACS).

CDACS is a member of the National Endowment for Democracy’s Network of Democracy Reserach Institutes, and conducts scholarly research, hosts speakers and conferences, and publishes the annual journal Democracy and Society.


Recent Faculty Scholarship

The Democracy Summit Must be Paired with a Democracy Strategy. Patrick Quirk, February 19th 2021

As 2021 Begins, Rival Populisms Menace Tunisia’s Democracy (new window). Daniel Brumberg. January 8th 2021

Biden will contend with divergent Middle East preferences on Iran, Daniel Brumberg, January 30th 2021

How the Biden administration can get the Global Fragility Strategy right (new window). Patrick Quirk. Richmond Blake. 5th January 2021


Recent & Upcoming Events

Democracy Promoter, Come Home, 21st April, 12pm- A panel discussion highlighting how international experience informs the work of democracy reform and revitalization in the United States

PBS Newshour- “In Your Shoes” – is a collaborative project of the Laboratory for Global Performance, Georgetown University’s Democracy & Governance program, and undergraduate students from Patrick Henry College and Georgetown University. Its mission is to bring students of diverse backgrounds into dialogue with one another to promote mutual understanding, empathy and respect. Moving beyond the political divide, In Your Shoes shines a deeper light on the hopes, fears, and dreams that animate the daily lives of these nine remarkable students. Using performance and story telling, it suggests wider possibilities for a more profound grasp of what it means to create community and trust in challenging times.

Georgetown Town Hall: How Can We Turn Back the Hands of the Doomsday Clock? The D&G program is pleased to co-sponsor a special event featuring former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, former Governor of California Jerry Brown, and the President and CEO of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Rachel Bronson. Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 4:00pm

Book Talk with Larry Diamond Join us as Larry Diamond discusses his new book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency. Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 3:00pm

Democracy & Governance Career Panel
Thursday, October 24th, 2019 5:30pm

The Challenges of Governance in Conflict Zones
An event with Libyan National Oil Corp. Chairman Mustafa Sanalla. October 17th, 2019 12:00pm – 1:30pm


Contact Us:

Democracy and Governance Program
Georgetown University
Car Barn 3520 Prospect St. NW
Washington DC 20007
Tel: 202-687-6365
Email: democracystudies@georgetown.edu