The Amherst Political Science department offers a broad range of courses, including small introductory offerings in areas such as political theory, war and refugees, and contemporary China, and advanced seminars in geopolitics, nuclear security, Machiavelli and more.
Explore the economic, social, cultural, religious and geopolitical significance of the state in the twenty-first century by studying political theorists and empirical cases from around the world.
International Relations Gone Viral
Indigenous Women and World Politics
Explore feminist and Indigenous approaches to the importance of Indigenous women’s political contributions, not merely to recognize their achievements but also to understand why they matter to international relations.
Read Sophia Wolmer’s article, “Days Before the Election, Political Science Professors Emphasize ‘Why Democracy Matters,’” in the Amherst Student.
Why Democracy Matters: A Political Science Panel Discussion II
The Political Science Department’s “Why Democracy Matters” event brought together three panelists—Professors of Political Science Kerry Ratigan, Javier Corrales and Jonathan Obert— to present information on democratization and its intersection with both American politics and other regimes.
Drawing on their respectives areas of expertise, each professor advocated for democracy and warned of threats of democratic backsliding in the present day United States.
You can read Sophia Wolmer’s Amherst Student article on the discussion and watch a recording of the discussion below.