UCI political scientists explore changing notions of citizenship, strategies aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, impacts of redistricting & voter mobilization on elections & public policy, & contested notions of democracy.

Research specialties include:

  • american politics
  • comparative politics
  • international relations
  • political theory

Faculty and graduate students consistently publish research findings in top journals and present at conferences, universities and before governmental entities across the globe. Their expert advice is sought by journalists in the national media, lawyers, and policy makers. Several faculty have also received national and international awards and testified before Congress to impact policy.

Students who complete their Ph.D. in poli sci at UCI have gone on to academic and professional careers at:

  • Arizona State University
  • California Polytechnic University
  • Georgetown University
  • Simon Fraser University State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Tufts University
  • UCLA University of Washington
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Wellesley College

And admitted students in the Department of Political Science graduate program receive 6 years guaranteed funding.

Interested in learning more? Check us out here or visit us online at www.polisci.uci.edu.

pictured: Kathy Rim, poli sci Ph.D. alumna, ’10, and UCI’s ’09 Outstanding Grad, studies political involvement of Asian Americans.

video by Luis Fonseca, UCI School of Social Sciences



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