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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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Page - Democracy in America


Our Professor Ben Page and Martin Gilens (Princeton) will host the Reviving American Democracy roundtable, with an opening address by former Senator Russ Feingold on Jan. 12 and keynote by Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School on Jan. 13. This January 12-14 event coincides with their new book, Democracy In American? What Has Gone Wrong & What We Can Do About It?

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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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