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Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy

As a part of the Political Science Department, the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy (CSDD) stimulates research, dialogue, and civic engagement about the relationship between diversity and democratic politics. Both in the US and beyond, we focus on how race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and ability impact equal citizenship in diverse democracies.
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Dr. Pearlman writes Time Magazine's cover story on Syria's crisis

Associate Professor Wendy Pearlman's new book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, is the basis for her Time Magazine March 12, 2018 edition cover story.

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2018 Barry Farrell Lecture on Russia, Georgia and America

Each year, we welcome a distinguished visitor to deliver a lecture, supported by funding from the R. Barry Farrell's gift. Professor Farrell taught in our department from 1966 until his death in 1991. In both his research and teaching, Professor Farrell sought to forge closer links between theories of politics and the experience of making foreign policy.
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Faculty Publications

Department faculty members have published more than twenty books during 2017.
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From left to right: 2018 Mitchell Scholar Hadley Pfalzgraf and 2018 Marshall Scholars Lars Benson and Lucia Brunel. All three will graduate from Northwestern in June. (Photo by Morgan Searles)

Student Spotlight

Students in our department have life-changing experiences. Explore the amazing paths they forge both in and out of the classroom.
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Comparative Politics Workshop

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Evanston

“Regions of trust and distrust: how good institutions can foster social cohesion” Bo Rothstein August Röhss Chair in Political Science ...

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