Ali Abdulaziz

Arts and Science senior Ali Abdulaziz has had no lack of involvement while here at Mizzou. On top of his political science major and military science minor, he is heavily involved with the MU Reserve Officer Training Corps, Mizzou Cannon Crew, Ranger Company, intramural sports, and he has been a primary trainer for United Service Dogs with Veterans.

Model UN winning team

The University of Missouri’s Model UN team earned the "Overall Best Delegation" award for the first time in the program’s history during the annual American Model United Nations (AMUN) conference. The winning 10-member student team traveled to Chicago to represent Sweden this year. They pair off into teams of two, each with a council and agenda they represent. The entire 10-member team earned the overall award.

Sheena Greitens and Bill Horner

Dr. Sheena Greitens has received the 2019 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. The award recognizes MU faculty who have provided outstanding leadership in strengthening MU’s international dimension. 

Dr. William Horner is a 2019 University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor. This honor recognizes Horner's exemplary service to the University of Missouri and his contributions through teaching, research and engagement.   

Lael Keiser


Lael Keiser, interim chair of Political Science and director of the Truman School of Public Affairs, has been announced as a 2019 Academy Fellow by National Academy of Public Administration.

NAPA offers non-partisan assistance to government leaders in addressing public administration challenges.


Mateo Mateo

Mateo Mateo says one of the most important lessons he learned at Mizzou during his freshman year is to pay attention in class. The Immokalee, Florida, native was sitting in one of Teaching Professor Bill Horner’s political science classes last spring when he heard Horner mention that applications were being accepted for the Betty Ann McCaskill Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial support to undergraduates studying political science who participate in internship programs in Washington, D.C....

2019 Graduate Award Recipients

                  Graduate Award Recipients

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


Undergraduate Scholarship Winners

William L. Bradshaw Scholarship
Riley Messer

Jeffrey D. Byrne Scholarship
Mary Claire Schallenberg

J.G. Heinberg Scholarship
Sarah Cox
Rachel Hehr
Andrew Huber

Kalleberg Family Memorial Scholarship
Natalie Sales

Ed Goldring

Edward Goldring, doctoral candidate in Political Science, has been awarded a 2019-20 US-Asia Grand Strategy Fellowship at the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute.

Goldring will be studying under David Kang, working on his dissertation on the causes of elite purges in dictatorships, which includes an individual-level analysis of elite purges in North Korea under Kim Jong Un.

Michael Smith, Jake Haselswerdt, Nicole Foster Shoaf, Moises Arce, Kevin Anderson, Nisha Bellinger, Marvin Overby, Fares Akremi

Michael Smith, Jake Haselswerdt, Nicole Foster Shoaf, Moises Arce, Kevin Anderson, Nisha Bellinger, Marvin Overby, Fares Akremi

An alumni reception was held at MPSA in April for alumni, faculty, and graduate students. 



Cooper Drury

Congratulations to College of Arts and Science Senior Associate Dean Cooper Drury, recognized as the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) Distinguished Scholar of 2019 by the International Studies Association (ISA). 

Marvin Overby

Congratulations to Marvin Overby, the recipient of the 2019 Gold Chalk Award presented by the Graduate Professional Council.

The Gold Chalk Award recognizes MU faculty who have made significant contributions to the education and training of graduate and professional students.