Aug 14, 2023 - Professor Michael Dawson Receives the 2023 Charles E. Merriam Award

Jul 5, 2023 - Professor Lisa Wedeen Named Distinguished Service Professor

Jun 21, 2023 - Professor Michael Dawson Wins Charles E. Merriam Award - Professor Dawson is the 2023 Recipient of the award, presented by the American Political Science Association. This award honors an individual whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.

Jun 16, 2023 - Professor Michael Albertus wins Honorable Mention for his book, Property Without Rights

May 1, 2023 - Professor Michael Dawson Wins AAPOR Book Award

Apr 7, 2023 - Professor William Howell Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Jan 4, 2023 - Professor Scott Gehlbach Receives Named Professorship

Nov 2, 2022 - Professor Chiara Cordelli Awarded 2022 Elizabeth D. Rockwell Prize - Professor Cordelli has been awarded the 2022 Elizabeth D. Rockwell Prize for Best Article on Ethics, Leadership, and Public Policy for her article “The Ethics of Global Capital Mobility (APSR, 2022), co-authored with Jonathan Levy. 

Sep 9, 2022 - Professor Chiara Cordelli Awarded the Brian Barry Prize in Political Science

Jul 14, 2022 - Professor Paul Staniland Wins 2022 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize

Jun 27, 2022 - Professor Paul Staniland Wins Best Book Award From APSA
The Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (QMMR) section of APSA has selected Ordering Violence as the winner for the QMMR Sartori Best Book Award. The award committee states: In Ordering Violence, Staniland offers a new conceptual framework to broaden our understanding of state relations with armed actors: armed orders. Moving beyond a dichotomous understanding of war, he develops a typology of ways in which governments interact with domestic armed groups, ranging from alliance to total war. In doing so, he reframes how we think about the business of potentially violent politics, which encompasses a significant portion of day-to-day life in many parts of the world. He subsequently provides a theoretical argument for what drives varying government responses to armed groups, highlighting the importance of ideological agendas for both sides. To test this argument, he draws on an impressively rich understanding of South Asian political history, offering nuanced national case studies from across the region and pairing these with analysis of a new and substantial large-N dataset on armed orders. Overall, the prize committee found this book to be a remarkable example of both a thoughtful and innovative conceptual contribution and a rich theoretical argument that is rigorously tested using a mixed-method empirical approach. We commend Staniland on this substantial contribution to our substantive understanding of an important topic and expect that this book will serve as a prime methodological example for the field moving forward. 

Jun 17, 2022 - Professor William Howell Wins Best Article in Formal Theory Award From APSA - Professor Howell co-won this inaugural award with Professor Wiola Dziuda for their article "Political Scandal: A Theory", published in the American Journal of Political Science. The award was provided by the Formal Theory section of APSA.

Jun 16, 2022 - Professor Mike Albertus Receives Honorable Mention Best Book Award From APSA - The award was provided by the Democracy & Autocracy section of APSA for his new book: Property Without Rights: Origins and Consequences of the Property Rights Gap. Daniel Mattingly (chair, Yale University), Sandra Ley (CIDE, Mexico), and Guillermo Trejo (University of Notre Dame) noted that "Across the world, the rural poor have incomplete rights over their most important and valuable asset: land. In Property Without Rights, Michael Albertus examines what he calls the “property rights gap”: “when a government redistributes land but does not grant land beneficiaries property rights over that land” (5). Drawing on new data on land redistribution and titling in Latin America over nearly a century, Albertus brilliantly shows that the property rights gap typically emerges in authoritarian regimes and becomes a powerful mechanism of political control. The book persuasively argues that authoritarian regimes are eager to enmesh the rural poor in relationships of dependence – by redistributing land but only providing partial property rights, autocrats leave the poor reliant on the state for benefits. On the other hand, democracies are significantly less likely to have a property rights gap. Albertus’ book has important implications for the study of democracy, autocracy, and development."

May 19, 2022 - UChicago Press Awards Top Honor to Lisa Wedeen for ‘Authoritarian Apprehensions’

May 9, 2022 - Best Article Prize Awarded to Professor Scott Gehlbach and Co-Authors

May 6, 2022 - Professor Susan Stokes Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Apr 8, 2022 - Staniland receives Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association

Nov 4, 2021 - The Department of Political Science and the Harris School of Public Policy launch new joint Ph.D. Program in Political Economy

Oct 25, 2021 - Cathy J. Cohen Receives the 2021 Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award

Oct 1, 2021 - Congratulations to Margaret Brower for winning the inaugural Georgiana Simpson Research Award!!

Sep 24, 2021 - Congratulations to Lisa Wedeen for her Award for Concept Analysis in Political Science!!

Sep 24, 2021 - Congratulations to James Robinson for being named a Fellow of the Econometric Society!!

Sep 24, 2021 - Congratulations to Chiara Cordelli for winning ECPR Political Theory Prize!

Jun 24, 2021 - Congratulations to Austin Carson! His book Secrets in Global Governance, with Allison Carnegie has been selected as the winner of this year’s Best Book Award from APSA’s International Collaboration Section! - This award is given for the best book on international collaboration published in 2020. The award committee was particularly impressed by the insights the book provides on international collaboration by developing a novel understanding of the key concept of information, and its usage by states and firms, as well as the roles of international organizations.

May 28, 2021 - Congratulations to Lucas Pinheiro (PhD 2019)! He is a recipient of a 2021 Claire Swogger Award for Exemplary Classroom Teaching!

May 21, 2021 - Congratulations to Monika Nalepa on receiving a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring!

May 3, 2021 - Congratulations to Natasha Piano (PhD 2020)! She is a winner of this year's Saller Dissertation Prize.

Apr 28, 2021 - Congratulations to Susan Stokes! She has been named a 2021 Carnegie Fellow for her project on democratic erosion.

Jan 19, 2021 - The Department of Political Science is delighted to announce that Professor Jon Rogowski will be joining the Department beginning July 2021!

Jan 4, 2021 - Congratulations to Adom Getachew! Her book, Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination has has been named winner of the Melville J. Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association!


Dec 13, 2021 - Michael Albertus: "Chile’s election will define its national identity and political struggles all over Latin America"

Nov 1, 2021 - Washington Post: Will Howell "Big government vastly expanded presidential power. Republicans use it to sabotage the administrative state."

Jun 14, 2021 - Foreign Policy: Michael Albertus on Peru's recent election

May 21, 2021 - Foreign Policy: Michael Albertus on Chile’s constitution is too new for its own good

Apr 20, 2021 - Washington Post: Michael Albertus on There would probably be more yawns than outrage if Biden expanded the Supreme Court

Apr 14, 2021 - Scientia: John Padgett on A dynamic framework for studying the emergence of new organisational forms

Apr 12, 2021 - The Atlantic: Michael Albertus on How authoritarians turn rural areas into their strongholds

Apr 8, 2021 - Foreign Policy: Michael Albertus on Peru's election will deepen the pandemic-ravaged country’s impasse

Mar 11, 2021 - CBS News: Robert Pape on What to expect from the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol

Mar 10, 2021 - The Hill: Michael Albertus on the possibility of returning land to Native Americans

Feb 17, 2021 - Washington Post: Michael Albertus on Why Trump's border wall failed

Feb 12, 2021 - C-SPAN: Linda Zerilli interviews Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on women and leadership

Feb 9, 2021 - Washington Post: Margaret Brower ABD on Examining job losses for Black and Latina women

Feb 3, 2021 - The Atlantic: Robert Pape and Keven Ruby on The Capitol rioters aren't like other extremists

Feb 3, 2021 - NPR: Robert Pape on Examining domestic extremist threats to Americans and US government

Jan 14, 2021 - Foreign Policy: Michael Albertus on Latin American history offers a clear lesson to the United States: Ban Donald Trump from running for election ever again

Jan 8, 2021 - Christian Science Monitor: William Howell on the siege of the Capitol

Jan 8, 2021 - Chicago Tonight: Robert Pape on Security experts surprised by protesters ability to storm US Capitol

Jan 8, 2021 - UChicago News: Michael Albertus on The lasting impact of Trump’s attempts to challenge the 2020 election results

Jan 7, 2021 - Chicago Tonight: Susan Stokes on Electoral College certification, pro-Trump riots

Jan 5, 2021 - The Guardian: Chiara Cordelli on COVID-19 has exposed pitfalls of privatization