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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 


News & Announcements


Recent Graduate Student Excellence Award Winners:

Christine Sylvester (Teaching, 2020)
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)

Recent Binghamton PhD Placements Include:

  • Christine Sylveser, Postdoctoral Research, University of Strathclyde
  • Shawn Donahue, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo
  • Syed Rashid Munir, Assistant Professor, Forman Christian College University (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • Alena Gericke, Strategy Data Analyst, Corning Incorporated
  • Katherine Felt, Associate Director of IT Systems, University at Buffalo
  • Eric Walsh, Assistant Director of Assessment and Research, University at Buffalo
  • Evgeny Sedashov, Assistant Professor, NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
  • Kyle Mackey, Visiting Instructor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • 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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Last Updated: 12/21/20