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Model United Nations Team Wins Awards at AMUN Conference in Chicago

Model UN 2019K-State's Model United Nations team competed at the 30th American Model UN Conference in Chicago from Nov. 23-26. More than 1,200 students from 77 colleges and universities competed to win for their designated countries.

K-State’s Model UN team, who had chosen to represent Equatorial Guinea, won a Position Paper award for completing policy position papers for every simulated situation at the conference. Two team members, Claire Chaffin (Political Science junior and French minor) and Scout Molder (Political Science/Pre-Law freshman) also won a delegation award for exceptional representation of Equatorial Guinea on the Economic Commission of Africa. This is the first time in almost seven years that Kansas State has won this award.

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 KSU in Prague Summer 2020 - Study Political Science Abroad!

The application for KSU in Prague, summer 2020 is now open. The priority application deadline is Feb. 15, 2020.

This month long summer study abroad program in Prague, Czech Republic, is open to all students and majors. Students on this inaugural program will enroll in the K-State course POLSC 135: Intro to Comparative Politics, which fulfills the Global Issues and Perspectives and Social Science K-State 8 requirements. Already taken POLSC 135? Political Science is also offering POLSC 401 as a course credit - contact Dr. Ali Stoyan for details. In addition, students will enroll in one additional course at Charles University in Prague, for a total of six credit hours.

For a complete list of courses, for more information, and how to apply, please view the program brochure or contact Education Abroad.

Political Science Professor along with Geography and Geospatial Professor Awarded $1 Million Dollar Grant from National Science Foundation 


birkheadTwo professors from Kansas State University were recently awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator Grant to create an open knowledge network with researchers from five other universities that stitches together data from states on public policy and economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Nathaniel Birkhead, associate professor of political science, and Audrey Joslin, assistant professor of geography and geospatial sciences, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, will collaborate with researchers at Rochester University, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Charlotte and North Carolina A&T State University.

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Political Science Professor Receives William L. Stamey Award for Undergraduate Teaching


ali stoyanAli Stoyan is the 2019 recipient of the William L. Stamey Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

William L. Stamey is a mathematician and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 17 years from 1970-1987. In recognition of Stamey's outstanding record in recruiting excellent faculty to Kansas State University and in recognition of the continuing need to foster excellence in teaching and advising, the College of Arts and Sciences established the Stamey Awards.

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 Political Science Spring 2020 Course Schedule - Now Available!

POLSC Spring 2020

Course schedule for Spring 2020 is now available! Click here to see the exciting courses we'll be offering for the upcoming semester. Also, check out our new tracks that are tailored to some common career paths for students in Political Science. Check your enrollment date in KSIS and make an appointment with your academic advisor to get a head start. Graduate students, seniors and high-level juniors should make their appointments as soon as possible. Low level juniors, sophomores, and freshmen should schedule their appointments a week before their enrollment date.

 Political Science Professor and Alum Win Conflict Management and Peace Science's Article of the Year Award


Carla Martinez Machain and alum Leo Rosenberg (2015 MA in Political Science) have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Glenn Palmer Prize for the best article in Conflict Management and Peace Science (CMPS). Martinez Machain and Rosenberg’s paper “Domestic diversion and strategic behavior by minority groups” and was published in 35(5) issue of CMPS.  

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Political Science Professor Receives Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award


Jeff Pickering is the 2019 recipient of the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association.

The award is given annually to a scholar who has significantly influenced the association's Midwest region. The recipient is recognized for having an exceptional record of scholarship in international studies, a distinguished record of service to the International Studies Association and other international affairs organizations, and a record of service within the region.

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Jared Wiesner

 Jared Wiesner

Throughout my legal education and career, the development of critical thinking skills that I underwent in the political science department at K-State has proven indispensable.  Although I learned a great deal about the structure of political systems and our place in the world in Manhattan, it has been the intangible lessons I learned that prove beneficial to this day:  work hard to understand opposing views; put in the effort to have a comprehensive understanding of a problem you face; resist immediate shortcuts during analysis to achieve a better long-term result.

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