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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. Riedl on Research in Political Science

Associate Professor Rachel Riedl outlines research paths in political science with the Northwestern’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

What ideas spark when you think about politics? How can you convert an interest into a project? Watch Dr. Riedl outline her recommended best practices, covering getting started, asking for faculty mentorship, and selecting from various research methods political scientists utilize in their scholarship.
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Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold speaks to Political Science students

Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin and United States Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and the Congo-Kinshasa Russell Feingold participated in a Q&A with undergraduate Political Science students as part of his visit to Northwestern University to deliver the opening address at the Reviving American Democracy Conference (Jan. 12-14, 2018).
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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

Congratulations to Lars Benson, Political Science '18, for his designation as a 2018 Marshall Scholar.

How did volunteering for voter registration and the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign lead to his upcoming Masters in Public Administration at the London School of Economics? Campaign finance holds the key.

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American Politics Workshop

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Evanston

Justin GrimmerAssociate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago "The Effect of Identifying Constituents on Re...

Global Theory Workshop

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James WilsonAssistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago   Making the All-Affected Principle Safe for De...

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Associate Professor and Director for the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy Alvin Tillery's poll on the Black Lives Matter movement finds positive opinions and areas of improvement
Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth Shakman Hurd on receiving a 2018 Daniel I. Linzer Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity
Associate Professor Laurel Harbridge Yong on congressional term limits.
Ph.D. Candidate Salih Nur reviews Nic Cheeseman's 'Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform'

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