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About

The Department of Political Science at Notre Dame offers students outstanding opportunities for intellectual growth, professional development, and success in their careers. We are home to more than 500 majors, 80 Ph.D. students, and over 45 tenure-track or tenured professors.
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Graduate Program

The Ph.D. program in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science offers students outstanding opportunities for intellectual growth, professional development, and success in their careers.
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Undergraduate Program

Political Science is one of Notre Dame’s most popular majors, with over 50 different undergraduate courses to choose from every semester, and over 45 outstanding and accessible faculty members—12 of whom have received teaching awards.

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Jan 30

Monday Jan 30, 2023

Liberalization and Contingent Democratization

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Location: Hesburgh Center Room C103

Matthew Wilson
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Political Science
University of South Carolina

In this Kellogg Institute lecture, Wilson argues that one reason why the determinants of democratization remain unclear, despite decades of research, stems from scholars' failure to account for the fact that many non-democratic regimes became more politically open but that not all led to democracy. Using newly published data on failed and successful episodes of democratization, Wilson and his co-authors demonstrate that the start of democratization (liberalization) and its end (transition) may have different causes. They reevaluate major questions concerning the impacts of economic development and elections on regime change. They model the probabilities of democratizing and transitioning to democracy, separately, on income and growth and then use an instrument to estimate them in a selection model. They argue that economic development makes democratization less likely but that it makes a transition to democracy more likely, conditional on democratization. They show similar findings with elections, which helps to explain why a sample that compares all non-democracies against democracies would fail to find a consistent relationship between elections and democratization. These initial findings encourage us to go forward by developing research agendas that leverage distinctions in the data to refine conclusions about the drivers of democratization.…

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Jan 31

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

The Best They Could Do? Assessing the Sources of U.S. Military (In)Effectiveness in the Afghanistan War - Dr. Risa Brooks

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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Risa Brooks is Allis Chalmers Professor of Political Science at Marquette University and a senior fellow at West Point’s Modern War Institute. She is the author of Shaping Strategy: The Civil-Military Politics of Strategic Assessment, coeditor of Creating Military Power: The Sources of Military Effectiveness, and most recently, coeditor of Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations: Politics, Society and Modern War.

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Jan 31

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

Combs Lecture Series Presents: Jay Bhattacharya, "An Evaluation of COVID Policy"

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Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - Decio Mainstage Theater

Tickets are available at the Ticket Booth one hour prior to the event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

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An Evaluation of COVID Policy presented by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in the Patricia George Decio Theatre from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free but ticketed event Ticketing Info at performingarts.nd.edu

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Feb 1

Wednesday Feb 1, 2023

Lunch Lecture: "Dealing with Russia: Lessons from Cold War Sovietology" with Sławomir Lukasiewicz

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Location: 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

The lecture is free and open to all. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the lecture (beginning at 12:00 noon). Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs.

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