Jesse Hall, University of Missouri

Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy director Justin Dyer and associate director Jeffrey Pasley write about the possibility of real dialogue in a university setting. Read their Kansas City Star commentary here.



The Rise of the Representative

Professor Peverill Squire's most recent book, The Rise of the Representative: Lawmakers and Constituents in Colonial America, is now out from University of Michigan Press.

Read an interview with Squire about his latest project here.




Brandon Park

Bandon Park attends a lecture at ICPSR

Three MU Political Science graduate students attended the prestigious Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan this summer. "ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations." ICPSR offers short statistical workshops during the summer allowing students to develop and improve their methodological skills. 

Hanna Brant


 Hanna Brant was awarded the Janet Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship. 

 This scholarship is "intended to encourage women and under-represented graduate students to attend the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research."



Cody Drolc


 Cody Drolc was awarded the scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy, and Public Affairs. 

 "The Scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy, and Public Affairs is awarded annually to a handful of graduate students who are conducting empirical research within the fields of public administration,  public policy, or public affairs."



Brandon Park


 Brandon Park was awarded the Clogg Scholarship.

 "This scholarship was established in 1995 by the ICPSR Council to commemorate the late Clifford C. Clogg, a prominent sociologist (who also had interests relevant to political science) and social methodologist."


DC Kinder Scholars 2017

Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program participatants (2017)

Twenty Mizzou students recently returned from The Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program. The Springfield News-Leader covered the experience of political science honor society president Tricia Swartz here.



Lael Keiser

Lael Keiser, Truman School Director

Lael Keiser, professor of public policy and administration, has been appointed director of the Harry S Truman School of Public more

Greitens Testifies to Congress

Greitens Testifies to Congress, July 12

In July Dr. Sheena Greitens testified to Congress on the terrorism threat from ISIS-affiliated groups in the Philippines and how the US can design security cooperation with the Philippines to counter these threats.

Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections

Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections (Cambridge Press 2017)

New book from Andrea Benjamin and Cambridge PressRacial Coalition Building in Local Elections, examines racial and ethnic coalition building in local elections and considers Black and Latino political incorporation more broadly... read more 

Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election

Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election (McFarland 2017)

Bill Horner, Teaching Professor of Political Science, and Heather Carver, Professor and Chair of the MU Theatre Department, evaluate the impact of comedy on the 1976 election in their new book, Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election, from McFarland Press.

Read an interview with the authors here.


In April, the department held our annual awards reception, honoring our undergraduate and graduate student scholarship winners.


Undergraduate Award RecipientsCapstone Students

                          Undergraduate Award Recipients                                                                       Captstone Students                 

Graduate Award Recipients2017 Book Covers Cake

                               Graduate Award Recipients                                                                    2017 Book Covers Cake

Chair with AwardeesFirst Year Cohort

                         Department Chair with Awardees                                                                        First Year Cohort

Bill Horner

                          Bill Horner with Scholarship Donors