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Welcome Message from the Chair

Georgia State University’s Department of Political Science is a research intensive program that complements its expert scholarship with comprehensive instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  With twenty-six faculty members, the Department covers the discipline’s primary sub-fields (American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration and policy).  In their research our faculty focus directly on questions central to the discipline of Political Science and apply their expertise to practical problems that matter to real people, both close to home and across the globe.  I am excited about our growing reputation as a Department devoted to conducting research that is both rigorous and relevant while also producing graduates who are prepared to influence the future.

Location matters, and Georgia State University’s location at the heart of a thriving international city dramatically enhances the opportunities available to both faculty and students.  Our campus is located within blocks of the state capitol, city hall, CNN, the US Court of Appeals, and the Federal Reserve Bank; it is also within close proximity to the renowned Carter Center, the Centers for Disease Control, the Southern Center for International Study, CARE, Coca Cola, Georgia Pacific and other prominent entities on the local, national, and global stages.  These institutions and organizations are the sources of internships and eventual employment for many of our students.  Our location also ensures both a large and diverse student body:  GSU’s more than 27,000 students represent every county in Georgia, every state in the nation, and more than 145 countries.

Currently, we have more than 600 undergraduate majors and close to 90 graduate students.  Our award-winning undergraduate academic teams participate at high levels in Mock Trial, Model United Nations and Model Arab League competitions.  Students enhance their learning through opportunities such as the Georgia Legislative Internship Program and study abroad.  Products of our undergraduate program often go on to graduate study or law school, and many secure careers in public service.  Our recent placement of PhD graduates in research, teaching and governmental positions includes Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Kennesaw State University, Western Kentucky University, Agnes Scott College, Oxford College of Emory University, Bridgewater College, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Recognition of faculty accomplishments comes in many forms.  Our professors publish in the leading journals and university presses of the field, and faculty research projects gain funding from prestigious grants and fellowships.  Experts in comparative politics frequently serve as part of election monitoring teams in regional hotspots such as Haiti and Mozambique.  Faculty members also provide important service as officers in the discipline’s professional organizations and are routinely consulted by government and media.  Political Science faculty members won the 2005 Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the GSU College of Arts and Sciences, while another won the 2003 University Exceptional Service Award.

I hope these web pages provide you with a useful introduction to the scholar-teachers in our department and the work we do.  We are proud of our rich, longstanding commitment to academic excellence, our diverse and dynamic student body, and our accomplished faculty.  Please feel free to send us an e-mail (polsci@gsu.edu) or call (404-413-6159) if you would like more information about the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University.

Sincerely,

Carrie Manning, Chair
Department of Political Science