900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: (951) 827-5312
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The Program

The Graduate Political Science Program at the University of California, Riverside prepares students for research and teaching in academic institutions. The Department offers a small, research-oriented program. We are particularly well suited to train people interested in human rights, ethnic conflict, race and ethnicity, comparative political institutions, and experimental methods.  Additional specializations include civil-military relations, Latin American politics, skepticism, liberalism, hermeneutics, and mass political behavior (both U.S. and non-U.S.).

Total graduate enrollment is approximately 40 students. Consequently, our graduate classes are small – first-year classes typically have fewer than 10 students.  We encourage close working relationships between faculty and students. This makes for a collegial atmosphere that helps serve the professional education of our students.

Ours is a young and energetic department. Most of our faculty have been hired within the past few years and comprise a community of scholars active throughout the profession. Most faculty members continue to work with graduate students in joint projects beyond their dissertations. In recent years, our graduate students have been well represented at major professional conferences and have published in leading professional journals.

Recent graduates hold tenure-track positions at University of California, San Diego; California State University, San Marcos; Chatham University (Pennsylvania); University College, London; Elon University (North Carolina); Houston Community College; Lone Star College; Marshall University (West Virginia); University of Mary Washington (Virginia); San Jose State University; and Virginia Tech among other colleges and universities across the country.  Two of our current students have pre-doctoral appointments at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at University of California, San Diego, and the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.