Congratulations to our political science graduates! We wish we could celebrate with you in person, but for now we will have to cheer from afar. We are so proud of your success, growth, and accomplishments. You have made the University of Missouri proud, and we cannot wait to see what you do from this day forward.

Congratulations class of 2020!


Fallon wins Excellence in Advising Award

Political Science Academic Advisor Rebecca Fallon has won the Excellence in Academic Advising Award for the 2019-20 academic year. This award goes to an academic advisor who has met the following criteria.

Department of Political Science 38th Annual Awards invite

On May 1, the department held our annual awards reception online via Zoom, honoring our undergraduate and graduate student scholarship winners.


Undergraduate Awards

William L. Bradshaw Scholarship
Zach Taylor

Jeffrey D. Byrne Scholarship
Adam Lappe

J.G. Heinberg Scholarship
Danielle DuClos
Emily Lower
Hannah Shupert

Andrea Benjamin

Andrea Benjamin

Demographics are not Destiny 

Registration can be found here

MU Poli Sci student

Riley Messer

Congrats to the outstanding Political Science seniors honored with the Mizzou '39 Award:

  • Riley Messer, Buckner, Mo.
  • Anastasia Redmond, Chicago
  • Kaitlyn Sawyer, Joliet, Ill. 
  • Daniel Serres, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jennifer Sutterer, St. Louis

The Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents Mizzou '39 Awards to 39 outstanding seniors annually in the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the university's founding in 1839.

Man hugging woman

Dr. Paul Wallace, emeritus professor of Political Science, an expert in India and South Asian politics, international relations and terrorism, author of eight books and nearly 50 book chapter and articles and beloved by generations of students, passed away on Feb. 22, 2020 in Columbia.

Wallace taught at MU for nearly 40 years, from 1964-2002, serving as department chair and director of international studies, among other duties. Wallace retired in 2005 but continued to teach classes in MU’s Honors College.

A memorial will be held March 21 at a location to be determined.

Military photo of Bryan Watson

U.S. Air Force Colonel Bryan Watson (BA Geography, ’93) received the MU College of Arts and Science 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award on Feb. 21, 2020, and the Political Science Department hosted a reception in his honor.

This distinguished award recognizes individuals who have brought distinction to themselves and to A&S through their accomplishments.

Kati Abbott

Congratulations to Kati Abbott, winner of the first College of Arts and Science Advisor of the Year Award!

Kati was officially recognized at 3 p.m on Feb. 18 in Jesse Wrench Auditorium as part of Arts and Science week.

Stephen Quackenbush gives keynote address

Associate Professor of Political Science, Stephen L. Quackenbush was invited to give the keynote address at a December 2019 conference at the Center for Security and Strategic Research in Latvia. The title of his address was International Conflict, Logic, and Deterrence.


Jennifer Sutterer, MU MSA President

The December 3, Inside Mizzou podcast featured 2 MSA leaders: President Jennifer Sutterer, a senior double majoring in political science and philosophy; and Senate Speaker Jacob Addington, a senior majoring in journalism. The ins and outs of the legislative process as well as the many unique ways MSA contributes to life at Mizzou are discussed.