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Department of Politics

All of Drexel’s political science faculty are active researchers whose work is published in various books, articles and reports. The faculty has particular research strengths in urban politics; electoral systems; human rights; security studies; conflict studies; politics of policing; and science, technology, and environmental politics. The department encourages faculty-student research collaborations, especially through research assistantships and independent studies. Several students have coauthored work with our faculty that have been published in various venues, including journal articles and book chapters.

Across the Department of Politics, research clusters reinforce our undergraduate plans of study in the major and minor, and allow students to explore the political science discipline on a more detailed level. Our faculty members bring their research into the classroom, both in introductory classes like Introduction to International Relations, and in upper-level seminars like Food Politics or Civilians in Armed Conflict.

Interested students should email Khushi Patel,, the department administrator, to learn more.

Student Research Assistants

Assisting with research is an excellent way to become more familiar with high-level political scholarship and to gain experience in data collection, analysis as well as writing. Our department faculty are involved in a wide variety of research projects at the forefront of political science. Faculty members frequently employ and mentor students who are interested in gaining hands-on research experience and learning more about their research interests. If you would like to conduct research with a professor in the Department of Politics, please contact them.

Research Clusters

International Law and Organizations

This political research cluster asks questions regarding the role of international agreements and international institutions in world politics. Faculty in the international research cluster are interested in a wide range of questions related to the design, development and effects of institutions, about how power is exercised and maintained through them, and about how they result in both policy change and changes in behavior of nation states. Their research investigates a diverse set of institutional forms, ranging from formal, bureaucratic organizations like the United Nations and European Union, to international treaties, as well as various types of informal institutions like the G20 and customary law. Our faculty are also particularly strong in international treaties and NGO research.

Faculty Members

Social Movements and Contentious Politics

This political research cluster asks questions regarding the role of social and political movements — protests, riots, insurgencies, political violence and war—in domestic and transnational politics. Faculty research investigates how people are mobilized into both violent and non-violent movements, how grievances are voiced, and the conditions under which social movements and other contentious politics succeed at producing changes in regimes, policies and public opinion. The movements investigated are quite diverse: the environmental movement; movements of women, LGBTQIA+ people and ethnic minorities; and violently contentious politics such as riots, insurgency and war. Throughout these diverse areas, the social movement research cluster is especially attentive to the human rights of marginalized peoples and their transnational interactions, and produces systematically rigorous, problem-driven research.

Faculty Members

Center for Public Policy

The College of Arts and Sciences' Center for Public Policy is an interdisciplinary hub for Drexel faculty who conduct policy-oriented research. In addition, it serves as an interface between those faculty and government agencies and nonprofit organizations, especially in the Philadelphia region. The Center offers two advanced degrees: a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and a Master of Science in Public Policy.

Faculty Members

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