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Civil rights march in Washington, DC

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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Thematic concentrations

New: Undergraduate Thematic Concentrations

Majoring or minoring in political science and want to fine-tune your research interests? Just looking for classes on a certain subject? Each concentration identifies a key theme or topic and suggests classes from across the subfields in which it appears. Take advantage of our drop-in advising hours to talk more about the concentrations and academic paths. 
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Billionaires book

What ever happened to “drain the swamp?"

Why do President Trump's policies differ so much from candidate Trump's fiery, pro-working class campaign rhetoric? Profs. Benjamin Page, Jason Seawright, and Ph.D. Candidate Matthew Lacombe’s new book, Billionaires and Stealth Politics, explores how the super-rich overly influence politicians, parties, policies, and presidents.

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Faculty Publications

Department faculty members have published or contributed to more than a dozen works since 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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