Department of Political Science {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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About the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers both an undergraduate and a graduate program of study in political science designed to help students develop knowledge, analytical skills, and critical insights into the nature of politics, political problems, and political systems. The goal is to prepare students for active engagement in political life, whether as informed citizens or in a wide range of possible careers.

The department seeks to acquaint students with issues of political life that have absorbed political thinkers and actors through the ages, as well as to equip students with the most contemporary skills for research analysis and policy making.


Department News

Professor Marcela García-Castañon won the Betty Nesvold “Women and Politics Award” at this year’s conference of the Western Political Science Association, in Las Vegas, NV in April, 2015




Professor Katherine Gordy's book, Living Ideology in Cuba: Socialism in Principle and Practice is listed as the #1 new release in Hispanic American Demographic Studies on Amazon.




Martin D. Carcieri

Professor Martin Carcieri presented a paper on a panel as part of SFSU's Constitution Day celebration on Friday, September 18, from 2:30 to 4:00 in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center in the Cesar Chavez Student Union. His paper is titled "The Law and Politics of Amending the Constitution to Void Citizens United."


Professor Jason McDaniel talked on the KALW radio show-City Visions: San Francisco Election Special on November 2nd, 2015. His research on ranked-choice voting has been published in Journal of Urban Affairs.

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