For Current Ph.D. Students

Emphasis on Graduate Student Workshops

The department's research workshop program encourages scholarly discussion of works in progress by faculty, outside speakers, and graduate students – including dissertation prospectuses. While the requirements for workshop participation varies across the major fields, you are encouraged to attend workshops in your major field of study on a regular basis throughout your residency in the graduate program. The workshops ordinarily meet on a bi-weekly basis throughout the year in our six major areas of research: political theory; political institutions; political economy; political behavior & identity; security, peace & conflict; and political methodology.

We insist on breadth and well-roundedness in our graduates. We also strongly encourage early concentration on professional research and publication through faculty-graduate research workshops and collaborative research and publications.

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