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Acemoglu and Robinson

Daron Acemoglu (MIT) and James Robinson (Chicago) win the 2017 William H. Riker Prize, awarded by the Rochester Department of Political Science in recognition of a body of work that advances the scientific study of politics.

MacArthur "Genius" Grant

Derek Peterson '93, who majored in Political Science and History at Rochester, has just been named a MacArthur Fellow. Now a professor at the University of Michigan, Peterson is recognized for his work on African colonialism and nationalism.

Josh Shapiro

Josh Shapiro '95, now Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, speaks at Meliora Weekend 2017. His talk is titled "Holding the Middle Ground in U.S. Politics."

Scholar-Athletes

Wesley Clayton '18 and Luke Meyerson '18 both received Garnish Scholar-Athlete Awards in September 2017. Recognizing athletic and academic achievement, the awards are presented annually to the outstanding student-athletes in the senior class. Clayton and Meyerson major in Political Science. Clayton runs track, and Meyerson plays baseball.

Agency Choice

Professor Lawrence Rothenberg and Matthew Sweeten, PhD candidate, win the 2017 Founder’s Best Paper Award for the best paper on executive politics. The award is presented by the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. It is for the paper "Analyzing Agency Choice with Text Analysis: The Case of the NLRB."

Game Theory

Professor John Duggan has been elected to the Council of the Game Theory Society, an international organization dedicated to learning, research, and applications in the field of game theory.

In the Field

Rochester political scientists pioneer a new website that connects scholars traveling and doing research across the globe.

Executive Action

Professor Lawrence Rothenberg (with co-author Fang-Yi Chiou) publishes The Enigma of Presidential Power: Parties, Policies and Strategic Uses of Unilateral Power, a 2017 book that examines how presidents consider constraints from Congress and the courts in pursuing executive actions.

Political Economy

Michael Gibilisco, PhD '17, wins the 2017 University of Rochester award for the best dissertation in the social sciences. His dissertation is titled "Three Essays on Political Economy."

Rival Claims

Professor Bethany Lacina's 2017 book, Rival Claims: Ethnic Violence and Territorial Autonomy under Indian Federalism, examines civil conflict in India, claims for regional autonomy, and the response of the central government.

Institutions on the Edge

Professor Gretchen Helmke's 2017 book, Institutions on the Edge: The Origins and Consequences of Inter-Branch Crises in Latin America, examines the sources of institutional instability in the developing world.

Fisher at Play

Carla Fisher--Rochester alum and director of product innovation, kids and family, at Netflix — has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Strong National Museum of Play. Fisher has worked previously at Sesame Workshop and PBS Kids Interactive.

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U.S. News ranks Rochester #4 in the nation in political methodology, #14 in international relations, and #17 overall in political science.

Bright Line Watch, a project led by Professor Gretchen Helmke and colleagues from Dartmouth and Yale, is periodically assessing the health of American democracy.

Josh Shapiro '95 is Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Formerly chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Shapiro once served as president of the University of Rochester SA Government.

Explore 60 years of congressional scholarship on the new website dedicated to the life and work of Richard Fenno. The site includes information on each of his books, unpublished papers, lectures, and photos.

The Laurin Taylor Frisina '06 Ventura Award has been established by the family and friends of Laurin Taylor Frisina and in her memory. It honors "the graduating senior who, as a Political Science research assistant or in other research activities, best represents creativity and collaboration in pursuit of knowledge."

Created to support students pursuing a summer experience in politics or policy, the Richard and Nancy Fenno Summer Fellowships are awarded annually.

Jeanette Moy '02, who majored in Political Science at Rochester, is now the chief strategy officer and vice president for strategic planning at the Brooklyn Public Library, fifth largest public library in the U.S.

Controlling for size, "PS: Political Science & Politics" ranks Rochester Political Science first in the country in the productivity of its PhD alumni.


Randall Stone

Faculty Spotlight

Randall Stone

Professor of Political Science Randall Stone is also the director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. He specializes in international political economy, international relations, and Russian and East European politics. In 2015 he received the William H. Riker University Award for Graduate Teaching, the University’s highest award for mentoring, teaching, and advising graduate students.

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Gerald Gamm

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Gerald Gamm

At Rochester, Gerald Gamm is professor of political science and history. His research into Congress, state legislatures, and urban politics has garnered numerous awards and recognition. Gamm chaired the department for more than a decade, and now teaches courses in the fields of American politics and history.

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Lawrence Rothenberg

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Lawrence Rothenberg

American politics, political economy, environmental politics, and public policy comprise Larry Rothenberg’s scholarly areas of interest. Rothenberg is the Corrigan-Minehan Professor of Political Science and the director of the W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy. He teaches courses on interest groups, bureaucratic politics, American political institutions, and environmental affairs.

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Gretchen Helmke

Faculty Spotlight

Gretchen Helmke

Gretchen Helmke is a professor and department chair in political science. Her research focuses on comparative political institutions, democratization, the rule of law, and Latin American politics. She has published two books, and she is currently working on two book-length projects. Helmke also teaches courses on Latin American politics, democratic regimes, judicial politics, and comparative political institutions.

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G. Bingham Powell, Jr.

Faculty Spotlight

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.

With numerous awards and accolades recognizing his scholarship, research, and teaching, including the presidency of the American Political Science Association, Bing Powell continues to shape the field of political science. As the Marie C. Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Political Science at Rochester, Powell focuses on comparative politics and European politics. His current research examines problems of political representation in different electoral, party, and policymaking systems.

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David Primo

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David Primo

David Primo's current research focuses on budget rules, corporate social responsibility, corporate political spending, and the effectiveness of campaign finance laws. He has published books and numerous articles, and his op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers.

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Mark Fey

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Mark Fey

In addition to teaching courses in the field of positive theory at Rochester, Professor of Political Science Mark Fey’s scholarly interests include game theory and social change theory. His current research focuses on voting and elections, comparative electoral systems, and international conflict.

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