1. K-State home
  2. »Arts and Sciences
  3. »Political Science

Department of Political Science

Currently in Political Science

Why Study Political Science?

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.  

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

 Political Science Department Honors Students at Recognition Reception


The department held its annual scholarship reception on Friday April 20, 2018.  Family, guests, donors, and faculty members joined our scholarship recipients to recognize the academic achievements of students within the political science, public administration, and security studies programs.  The department awarded $15,750 in scholarship funds to undergraduate students, $3,500 for graduate scholarships, and $139,000 for graduate assistantships for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Graduate assistantships also include over $86,963 in total tuition support.

Continue reading →

Political Science Researchers Receive 1.2 Million Grant to Study Effects of U.S. Military's Overseas Presence 


The United States has maintained a large overseas military presence since World War II. The strategic advantages of such installations may be clear, but how troop deployments affect host nations is not.
Martinez Machain and Flynn
Two Kansas State University political science researchers have been awarded $1.2 million by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative to study the political, economic and social effects of the United States' overseas military presence. Carla Martinez Machain, associate professor, and Michael Flynn, assistant professor, will work with a team to engage in a large data collection effort to explore public attitudes and beliefs about American activities and installations abroad at the national, regional and local levels.

Both Martinez Machain and Flynn have longstanding interest in international conflict and security, with a specific interest in military deployments.

Continue reading →

Sierra Lekie Receives Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship


Sierra LekieKansas State University's Sierra Lekie, senior in economics and political science is one of 20 students selected nationally for a 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship with the U.S. State Department.

The fellowship, administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, provides up to $37,500 annually for a two-year master's degree in foreign service-related fields.

Continue reading →

(Re)Imagining Tolerance, Diversity, and Justice: The Impact of a Post-Truth USA on the Arab-American and Muslim-American Experience

 Monday, April 10 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Hale Library, Hemisphere Room

This event is open to all—students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. “(Re)Imagining Tolerance, Diversity, and Justice” will explore the issues of tolerance and diversity from the Muslim-American and Arab American perspectives, featuring the work of three separate speakers. Following 15-20 minute presentations by each speaker, there will be a question and answer session. Then, participants will break into groups and meet with a speaker and a group of facilitators to engage in deep conversations about each presentation topic as it relates to civic action at the individual, community, and societal levels. These small group conversations will focus on issues of integration, acceptance, tolerance, and diversity from the Arab-American and Muslim American perspectives. This is an opportunity to learn about important scholarly perspectives and connect cutting-edge research to your civic practice.

RSVP to the event here

Event Conveners: Sabri Ciftci (ciftci@ksu.edu), associate professor of political science and Brandon Kliewer (bkliewer@ksu.edu), assistant professor of civic leadership

This event is sponsored by: Michael W. Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies, Department of Political Science; Staley School of Leadership Studies; College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee; K-State Libraries; and the Division of Student Life.

Continue reading →

To see past news, click here!


2019 - 2010



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.

Continue reading → 


Fall 2019
Summer 2018
Summer 2017
Winter 2016-2017
Summer 2016
Fall 2015 Second Installment
Fall 2015
Spring 2015
Winter 2014-2015
Fall 2013 Second Installment
Fall 2013