Department of Political Science

Baylor's Political Science Department is renowned for its high quality teaching and for professors who care about students. Our majors have gone on to become lawyers, journalists, politicians, lobbyists, diplomats, political analysts and teachers. We place students in top law schools around the country such as Georgetown and Harvard, and in top graduate programs such as Yale and Princeton.

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Sep. 9, 2022
Dr. Pat Flavin’s Research Featured in the NY Times
In an Op-Ed piece published on September 7, 2022, “Trump Couldn’t Have Done What He Did Without States Leading the Way,” Thomas Edsell examines recent research in political science on citizens’ perceptions of democratic decline. Among the scholars Edsell cites is recent work by Baylor Political Scientist Pat Flavin and co-author Greg Shufeldt (University of Indianapolis). Flavin’s and Shufeldt’s paper “Citizens’ Perceptions of the Quality of Democracy in the American States,” which will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in September, finds that voters’ perceptions of their state’s democratic health is strongly correlated with whether or not their political party is control of state government.
Sep. 8, 2022
Understanding the Russian - Ukrainian War
Dr. Sergiy Kudelia, Associate Professor of Political Science, is giving a four-part lecture series this semester “Understanding the Russian-Ukrainian War.” The first lecture in the series, “Why 22 Years of Peace?,” was delivered on Thursday, September 8, to the Baylor community.
Sep. 6, 2022
Core Curriculum Virtues Recognition Award winners
Dr. David Bridge was nominated for the core virtue of respect by Dr. Rebecca Flavin, senior lecturer in political science. “Dr. Bridge ends the semester (by) requiring students to write a mission statement that outlines their philosophy of informed civic engagement and their five-year plan for civic engagement,” Flavin said. “I can think of no better way to instill respect in a politically polarized environment than the methods he has chosen.” For his part, Bridge believes that “respect matters when it is challenged. When we deeply, fundamentally disagree with others — that is when respect is needed most,” he said. “Before we can say, ‘I see it differently,’ we have to be able to say, ‘You know I respect you.’ And though this skill is desperately needed in American political discourse, it also translates in other fields, as well as in everyday life.”
Aug. 22, 2022
The Dr. James Curry Endowed Scholarship Fund Recipient 2022
The Dr. James Curry Endowed Scholarship was created in 2021 to honor Jim Curry, who served the Baylor community for 47 years as Professor of Political Science, Director of the Washington Internship Program, and as Chair of the Department of Political Science for 14 years. The award was created to honor Dr. Curry's legacy of helping Baylor students succeed in Washington, D.C. by funding future student opportunities in the Baylor in Washington Program for years to come. During the initial funding drive, over 80 generous alumni donated a total of $50,000, ensuring that the award remains a permanent part of Baylor's endowment. But more can still be done. Further funding will allow for greater and more frequent awards to be given to students like Omar Islam, the second recipient of the award, featured below. Consider contributing to the James Curry Endowed Scholarship Fund today using Baylor's online giving platform.

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