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Welcome to Binghamton University's Department of Political Science 

An international leader in the discipline, Binghamton University’s Department of Political Science is ranked in the top 20 by the 2010 NRC Study, and 19th in the world by the Hix study, with faculty who publish widely and are leaders in their fields. Our graduate program offers MA and PhD degrees, and has an outstanding record of PhD placement at research universities. Our undergraduate major is one of the largest in Harpur College, with a Pre-law preparation component and particular strengths in:

  • law and courts
  • political institutions
  • civil war, repression, and human rights
  • international relations and foreign policy
  • campaigns and elections

Binghamton political science graduates establish careers as researchers, professors, staff members for elected officials, lobbyists, political advocates and lawyers, and business professionals.

Greeting from Department Chair, Gregory Robinson 


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Recent Graduate Student Excellence Award Winners

Jeremy Berkowitz (Teaching, 2018)
Mert Moral (Research, 2017)
Halil Ozen (Research, 2016)
Scott Boddery (Research, 2015)
Graig Klein (Research, 2015)
Sheryl Symons (Teaching, 2015)
Ben Farrer (Research, 2014)
Josh Zingher (Research, 2014)
Chad Clay (Research, 2012)
Ian Farrell (Teaching, 2011)

Binghamton PhD placements in Faculty positions for 2017/18 include:

Brendan Skip Mark, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island
Mert Moral, Assistant Professor, Sabancı University
Giovanni Scaringi, Assistant Professor, SUNY Broome
Ihsan Efe Tokdemir, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University

Professor Benjamin Fordham spent the 2010-11 academic year as the Henry Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress.

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Mentoring as a teacher and researcher Wendy Martinek, associate professor of political science, has been called a commanding presence in the classroom, thoroughly prepared and able to deal with the complex and occasionally controversial issues that come up in discussions of constitutional law. 

Last Updated: 8/14/19