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Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Rice University. This website is designed to provide information on our department members, their research, department activities, and our degree programs. We offer programs for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees with specializations in American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations.


Martin to serve on editorial staff of Journal of Politics

Lanny Martin, Rice University's Albert Thomas Associate Professor of Political Science, will serve as comparative politics editor of the Journal of Politics beginning in January 2015.

Center for Civic Engagement renamed Center for Civic Leadership

Rice's Center for Civic Engagement has been renamed the Center for Civic Leadership to reflect its longtime commitment to developing what Associate Dean of Undergraduates Matt Taylor calls "distinctive leaders."

People are ‘hardwired’ to be either liberal or conservative

Are individuals "hardwired" to be either liberal or conservative? A new book from researchers at Rice University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) suggests that this may in fact be the case.

Restricting Voting Rights Act could mean fewer African-Americans on city councils

Efforts to limit the reach of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), the legislation that banned discrimination in voting, could negatively impact black political representation, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ohio University.

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