From the Department

  • Dr. Patrick Haney, Chair

    Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Prospective students will find information about majors and what you might study as a Political Science student at Miami University. Current students will find information about your professors, office hours, major and minor requirements, internships, fellowships, jobs, and upcoming current events. Alumni will find information about what other alumni are doing and learn how you might be able to Make a Difference. We are very proud of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni. Please look around and you will understand why.

The Latest from POL

  • Summer Scholars 2016

    Future leaders and future Redhawks...

    Summer Scholars 2016

  • POL welcomes...

    See you on August 29th!

    Welcome Class of 2020

  • Miami and CPMRA host OTA Board of Directors

    A great partnership building Ohio leadership for over 20 years...welcome back to Oxford Ohio Township Association!

    Ohio Township Association Board

  • 2016 Awards Banquet Photos

    Photos from the 2016 POL Awards Banquet can be seen in this Google gallery.

    2016 Awards Photos

    Go to the 2016 Awards page to see a list of recipients 

  • Congratulations 2016 graduates!

    Love and Honor... 



    IES 440D/540D and POL 460D/560D

    Ohio Citizen Action

    Largest offshore windfarm stuns media (European Tribune)

    Energy production is one of the most important and complex issues facing the United States and the world. In this country, the lack of comprehensive and long-range energy strategies has led to the development of a system of competing special interests focused on narrow short-term goals. At the same time, energy policy has a direct impact on critical concerns of the 21 st century, including climate change, national security, environmental degradation, public health, and economic stability.

    Instructor Jane Harf brings a unique perspective to this discussion, having managed energy issues in leadership positions at the Sierra Club (environmental nonprofit), Ohio EPA (state regulatory agency), and American Electric Power (large investor-owned utility) – three very different and important entities in energy policy development and advocacy. While often seen as competing, Ms. Harf maintains that the interests of activists, citizens, customers, and shareholders have common threads that can be woven together to create a coherent energy strategy. She has built successful coalitions to pursue responsible, equitable, and forward-looking policy outcomes. Most recently, Ms. Harf led a statewide effort to demonstrate support for renewable energy and energy efficiency, bringing together businesses, community institutions, nonprofit organizations, and local governments.

    The first part of this seminar-style course will examine changes in energy generation and distribution systems in the U.S., the role of influential stakeholders, the fiscal and environmental policies that determine winner and losers, and the impact of alternative policy options for the future.

    The second part of the course will focus on the international energy landscape – including a retrospective of United Nations climate conferences from Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to Paris in 2015 – and will evaluate the role of the United States in determining the eventual outcome. The question of how we move forward in the current political environment to design a meaningful and effective energy strategy will be a central question for class consideration.

    This class counts as a POL elective and an elective for the IES Sustainability and Energy co-majors.

  • Ryoya Kangawa-MPSA Poster Presentation

    POL Graduate Student Ryoya Kangawa presents poster at MPSA.

    Ryoya Kangawa-MPSA Poster Presentation

  • Maggie Reilly '17 elected ASG President

    POL pride...

    Maggie Reilly, ASG President

  • March 2016 eNewsletter

    What's going on in the Department of Political Science?

    Click here to read our latest eNewsletter.

  • The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

    The Department of Political Science and the family of Dr. Jones wish to honor Gus’s memory by establishing a scholarship in his name: The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded every spring for the next academic year and given to to students of historically underrepresented populations, with first preference to African American students. Checks can be made to the Miami University Foundation and note “Gus Jones” on the memo line, or gifts can be made online at, and click “other fund” and in the box below write “Gus Jones.”


Upcoming Speakers

  • To be announced...


News for Students

  • Ohio Democratic Party is Hiring

    POSTED 6/13/16: Organize for the Ohio Democratic Party

    The Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) is hiring top-quality Organizers for the 2016 cycle. ODP’s grassroots infrastructure spans all 88 counties and works to energize and empower local communities in support of the Democratic ticket in one of the country’s top battleground states. Organizers are the core of the ODP and will be responsible for delivering the margin of victory on a top-tier U.S. Senate race and other high-profile races this fall. Organizers report to Regional Organizing Directors and will be based in cities and counties across the state. Position runs until mid-November 2016.

    To apply, please send your resume to Kayla at

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Recruiting, training, and managing volunteers
    • Developing volunteer leaders to organize phone banks, canvasses, voter registration drives, and other events designed to contact voters and engage volunteers.
    • Meeting voter contact and volunteer recruitment goals
    • Conducting outreach to constituency groups, Democratic clubs, and allied organizations
    • Representing the campaign at community meetings and events
    • Implementing direct voter contact programs to motivate and mobilize voters

    Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

    • Strong commitment to Democratic politics and ideals and enthusiasm for electing Democratic candidates in Ohio.
    • Great time management and organization skills.
    • Discipline and a solutions-oriented attitude toward tasks
    • Ability to train and instruct volunteers.
    • Excellent listening skills and ability to speak and write effectively and professionally
    • Strong organizational, management, and interpersonal skills.
    • Experience in setting and achieving measurable targets, managing teams, and coordinating between multiple stakeholders.
    • Ability to handle multiple priority projects and meet established timelines.
    • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
    • Candidates with experience with political campaigns, managing volunteers or building relationships with diverse groups of people are preferred.

    Salary is competitive and will include benefits. The Ohio Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.

  • Internship Application now ONLINE

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships

  • Who is my POL Advisor?

    The POL advisors list has been updated for 2015-16. Please refer to the updated list as you prepare to meet with your advisor. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2015) and returning students (began before this fall). Be sure you check the correct list to find your advisor.

    Who is my POL Advisor?

    Faculty Office Hours

  • Faculty office hours updated for Spring

    All of the POL faculty and staff Spring office hours can be found on the POL website.

    Faculty Office Hours


  • Digital Internship

    POSTED 7/6/16: Digital Internship Opportunity with the Federal Government

    The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 900 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and recruitment possibilities.

    Applications for the 2016-17 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 22 on Real work is waiting for students with more than 30 federal agencies including NASA, the Smithsonian, the State Department, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at! To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript.

    eInterns play an important role in moving the government forward. There’s something for everyone: design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development , and more!

    eInterns spend ten hours a week from September through May. Although this is unpaid, volunteer work, eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes get course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in at least one university level course in the U.S. or abroad.

  • Ohio Democratic Party seeking interns

    POSTED 6/6: The Ohio Democratic Party is seeking ambitious and hard-working fellows for the summer of 2016. Our organizing team is focused on building the Democratic Party's presence in Ohio, speaking out on critical issues facing our state, and helping Democrats up and down the ticket win in November. Fellows will be responsible for organizing in communities across the state of Ohio - recruiting volunteers, registering and speaking with voters, attending political events, and helping maintain our database.

    Fellowship positions are unpaid, are located in the greater Cincinnati area, and have a minimum requirement of 8 non-consecutive weeks. We accept applications for part-time positions (12 hours/week) and full-time positions (40 hours/week).

    To apply, please submit a resume to Katie Gladstone at

  • Portman for Senate Campaign Internship

    POSTED 3/31: The Portman for Senate Campaign is looking for interns to participate in our summer program.

    Great opportunity for those interested in learning more about campaigns and politics. Flexible hours and able to work with busy schedules.

    Interns will be exposed to:

    • Political Campaign Strategy
    • Voter Targeting and Contact Methods
    • Grassroots Organizing and Networking
    • Discussion of Current Political Issues

    Contact if interested: Evan Albertson

    For Southwest Ohio internships, contact Bethany Barlow,

  • Schneider for Congress Internships

    Brad Schneider for Congress (IL-10) is now accepting applications for our Spring and Summer 2016 Internship and Fellowship Programs. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has named the 10th congressional district Democratic candidate Brad Schneider to its "Red-To-Blue" program. The Organizing Internship/ Fellowship is a program that will train and develop the next generation of community organizers and help our organization prepare for Election Day in November 2016. Organizing fellows and interns will help our movement expand its outreach efforts in communities across the 10th congressional district and get first-hand experience of what it takes to win! Fellows and interns who complete the program will leave with a full understanding of the most effective tools and methods that organizers use to make change in their communities. Our interns and fellows get hands-on campaign experience on one of the most competitive congressional races in the country and play a critical role in supporting our field, finance, political, communications and digital teams. Fellowship Program (15-20 hours/week, Full time 40+ hours/week available to qualified candidates) Our selective full time fall fellowships are geared towards college juniors, seniors and recent graduates. Fellows will work closely with our field organizers, senior staff, lead teams of interns, and propose and spearhead their own projects. Past Schneider for Congress fellows have gone on to staff positions at races across the country. Internship Program (6-12 hours/week) Our part time internships are open to high school and college students as well as recent graduates. Interns work in teams to support both our field and finance teams and learn the ins and outs of fundraising as well as grassroots organizing. Qualifications: No previous campaign experience is required. Applicants must be: -Passionate about electing Democrats -Energetic and hardworking -Detail-oriented and able to multi-task -Able to thrive in a fast-paced campaign environment To Apply: Send an email titled "YOUR NAME - Internship/Fellowship Application" with a PDF of your resume to
  • Environment America 2016 Fellowship Program

    ONGOING: Environment America seeks talented candidates for their fellowship program and digital campaign team. These are entry level positions that start in August of 2016. Positions are available in Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Raleigh, NC. For more information and to apply go to

  • Republican Leadership Initiative opportunity

     Posted 1/5/16

    Republican Leadership Initiative

  • City Internships

    ONGOING: City Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. Applications are open for 2016 spring and summer global internship programs in London, Los Angeles and New York. They're designed to expand participants; horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. Students and graduates develop real-world skills, build their professional network and fast-track their career.
    For more information and to apply, visit
  • Internships in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's office

    ONGOING: Mayor John Cranley's office is now accepting applications for spring, summer, and fall internships. If interested, send your resume and writing sample to


  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

    ONGOING:  Rep. Wenstrup’s is looking for spring interns in his Cincinnati office. 

    Spring Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by November 15th
    Summer Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by April 15th
    Fall Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by July 15th

    Visit his Internship Application website to apply.

  • Paid Research Apprenticeships

    ONGOING: You are invited to participate in the Humanities Center’s new Research Apprenticeship Program. You can now apply to work as a paid Research Apprenticeship on a real research project conducted by a member of the humanities faculty at Miami University. The goal of this program is to foster faculty-student collaborations that give students valuable experience assisting on a real research projects. Please go to Research Apprenticeship Opportunities to see a list of current openings and instructions on how to apply. There are currently openings on a number of exciting projects. You can read more about the Research Apprenticeships Program and other undergraduate research opportunities by going to the Humanities Center website and highlighting the UNDERGRADUATE menu item. Tim Melley, Professor of English and Director of the Miami University Humanities Center
  • Center for American Progress-Communications Internship

    ONGOING: American Progress’s Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting American Progress’s experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’s policy priorities the attention they deserve.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • The Borgen Project

    ONGOING: The Borgen Project, a national campaign focused on alleviating poverty in developing nations. Through securing support from congressional leaders, we hope to pass bills and mobilize citizens to become more knowledgeable and active on development and foreign aid policies. We've got internship and volunteer opportunities opening in our Seattle office and nationwide.

    Seattle Internships

    Telecommute Internships

    Volunteer Opportunities

  • Cornerstone

    ONGOING: The Cornerstone Government Affairs intern program provides a unique opportunity for selected candidates to gain irreplaceable experience at the heart of Capitol Hill. Our intern program offers first-hand exposure to the people and processes of Congress and Washington, DC. Interested candidates should apply directly to Cornerstone’s Intern Coordinator, Madeleine Cantrel at An application includes a cover letter and resume.

    The email’s subject line should read: Full Name – Internship Application

    Download with more info and deadlines. (PDF 53KB)

  • Ohio Republicans

    Ohio Republican Party Internships  

    more information