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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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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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Dr. Stephen C. Nelson wins the 2018 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize

Awarded in recognition for an outstanding first book in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or Political Economy, The Katzenstein Prize lauded Dr. Nelson's work The Currency of Confidence: How Economic Beliefs Shape the IMF's Relationship with It's Borrowers as "an outstanding and innovating analysis" and "a model of scholarship in political economy."
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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)

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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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Dr. Traci Burch: “Re-enfranchisement might not produce big electoral effects." Floridians will decide in November, will it change the electorate?
Drs. Dominguez and Ogorzalek write on Chicago's 2019 mayoral race and Emanuel's legacy for the Urban Affairs Forum Local Elections Scholars Series
Giuseppe Cumella successfully defended his dissertation, "Aristotle on Political Activity," on September 28, 2018
Dylan Doppelt, Political Science '19, researched political gridlock through Institute for Policy Research (IPR) has run the Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) program with Prof. Harbridge-Yong.

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