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

  • Memorial Service for Dr. Augustus J. Jones, Jr.

    Memorial Service - Thursday, February 18 at 2:30 pm in St. Mary’s Church, Oxford

    Celebration of Life Reception - Thursday, February 18 at 3:30-5:30 pm in 154 Marcum Center

    Memorial Service for Dr. Augustus J. Jones, Jr. Miami University Political Science 1987 - 2015 Please join our family, friends, students, and colleagues as we celebrate the life of our Professor and Friend. Memorial Service Thursday, February 18 2:30 pm St. Marys Church, Oxford Celebration of Life Reception Thursday, February 18 3:30-5:30 pm 154 Marcum Center

  • Pi Sigma Alpha applications are now being accepted

    Political Science Majors and Minors:

    Applications are currently being accepted for Miami’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society. The new membership requirements are as follows:

    1. Have completed at least 10 semester hours in Political Science courses. At least 7 of these hours must be from Miami.
    2. Have completed at least 3 semester hours in Political Science above the 200 level at Miami.
    3. Have at least a 3.3 GPA in Political Science courses completed at Miami and a 3.3 cumulative GPA at Miami
    4. You must currently be either a junior or senior.
    5. You must submit a PDF copy of your DAR with your application.

    You do not need to be a Political Science major to apply. There is a one-time membership fee of $40. Membership is for life.

    The application form is available online ( or on the bulletin board outside of the Political Science office. If you are interested, please complete the online application or return a completed paper application to the Department of Political Science, 218 Harrison Hall by Tuesday, March 1, 2015.

    If you have any questions, contact Dr. Sawsan Abutabenjeh

  • The Femellectual is looking for content

    The Femellectual is a multimedia feminist publication assembled and edited annually by the Miami University Women’s Center intern staff. The constant aim of The Fem is to showcase images and voices that are not often represented in mainstream media. As a staff, it is our mission to both inspire and challenge our readership.

    We see you. You’re out there smashing the white, heterosexual, cisnormative, ableist, capitalist patriarchy like the superhero you are. And we want to show the world.
    Send us your creative writing and art submissions for The Femellectual at We love essays, collages, word puzzles, short stories, photography, paintings, and anything else that fits flat on a page! Get more info on The Fem at:

  • In Memoriam, Daniel N. Jacobs


    The Department of Political Science at Miami University is deeply saddened by the January 1, 2016, passing of our colleague Daniel N. Jacobs, Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

    Dan was born in Irvine, Kentucky to Robert Jacobs and Yetta Hellman Jacobs, on July 5, 1924. Educated first at Avondale School and Walnut Hills High School, Dan went on to Denison, Harvard (A.B. 1949), Yale (A.M. 1951) and Columbia (M.A. 1953, Ph.D. 1958). He served his country in the Army Air Corps in World War II. After a year at Hunter College, Dan joined the faculty at Miami University as Assistant Professor for the 1959-1960 school year. He advanced to Association Professor in 1962 and Professor in 1965—the position he held until retirement in 1995. Professor Jacobs became Professor Emeritus in 1998 and would go on to teach in Harrison Hall until the end of 2008—50 years as a dedicated teacher, scholar, mentor, colleague, and continuing on as friend and fan until his passing.

    As an expert of Soviet and Russian Politics, Dan authored more than 30 books and articles, including Pulitzer Prize nominee Borodin: Stalin's Man in China (Harvard, 1981); and Studies of the Third Wave: Recent Migration of Soviet Jews to the United States (with Ellen Frankel Paul, Westview, 1981).  In addition he was the senior author of Comparative Politics: An Introduction to the Politics of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Soviet Union; and the author, co-author, or editor of From Marx to Mao and Marchais: Documents on the Development of Communist Variations; The Masks of Communism; The New Communisms; Chinese Communism; Ideologies and Modern Politics, among other works. His articles and reviews appeared in such journals as the American Political Science Review, Midwest Journal of Political Science, American Historical Review, Slavic Review, China Quarterly, and the Journal of Asian Studies.

    Dan studied at the Kennan Institute, taught at Miami’s Luxembourg campus, and was a consultant to the Department of State and the Naval Command School. He taught at universities around the world and served for many years on the Talawanda School Board. He was one of the founders of the Hillel Foundation in Oxford and served on its advisory board for many years. He served on nearly every department, college, and university committee imaginable over the course of his career, was a beloved teacher of government and politics, and an avid sports fan, including the Cincinnati Reds and Miami sports.

    Dan was a loving husband to Janice Jacobs, doting father to Maggie, Ken and Susan Jacobs and grandchildren Max, Sam, Maddy and Caleb Jacobs, and devoted brother to Louis Jacobs. Funeral services were held at Weil Funeral Home in Cincinnati on January 4; Shivah will be observed Monday - Thursday, 7 pm at his residence.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Adath Israel Congregation, Miami University, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.


  • In Memoriam, Dr. Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr.

    Dr. Gus Jones

    It is with heavy hearts that we recognize the passing of our friend and colleague Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr., who left us too early on December 3, 2015.

    Gus Jones received his BA in 1974 Magna Cum Laude from Clark University in Atlanta, and took his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis in 1980. After starting his career at the University of Florida, he joined the Miami faculty in 1987 and made Oxford and the Political Science Department his home. He authored Law Bureaucracy, and Politics: The Implementation Of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (University Press of America, 1982), and Affirmative Talk, Affirmative Action: A Comparative Study of the Politics Of Affirmative Action (Praeger, 1991), and many other articles and book reviews. His research and teaching on American Civil Liberties and Constitutional Law had a profound impact on thousands of students at Miami University and beyond, and on scholars and colleagues around the country.

    Dr. Jones was an extremely popular and rigorous teacher; he was selected Outstanding Educator by the Miami University Alumni Association in 1999 and was named the Distinguished Educator by the College of Arts and Science in 2002. He was regularly nominated for teaching awards by Miami’s students, by student government, and by Miami alumni. He served Miami’s students as a pre-law adviser for nearly 30 years, and served the department and university in innumerable ways during his time at Miami.

    This is an incredibly sad day for all of us. Dr. Jones was a very special person, friend, and colleague: unfailingly upbeat and supportive, a great teacher, a thoughtful scholar, and the Dean of Miami’s Pre-Law advisers. It’s hard to describe the significance of this loss for the Department and the Miami family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Gus’s family. It’s hard to imagine Harrison Hall without Gus Jones.

    Miami News item

  • Congratulations 2016 OPL Fellows

    The Center for Public Management and Regionals Affairs and the Department of Political Science want to congratulate the following Miami students who have been awarded 2016 Ohio Public Leader Fellowships:

    • Brian Beaudry
    • Riley Cook
    • Libby Edwards
    • Addie Fries
    • Colin Greig
    • Kyle Mortimer
    • Natalie Roberts
    • Kevin Schrock
    • Olivia Vandervoort
    • Kelsi White

    The OPL Fellows will be placed with mentors across the State of Ohio during the 2016 Winter term.

  • Judge Nick Selvaggio '88 wins Ohio State Bar Association Award

    Congratulations to Judge Nick Selvaggio '88 (Public Administration) who was honored with the Ohio State Bar Association Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee Innovative Court Practices Award. Judge Selvaggio was chosen for his work on the Managing Jail Population and Overages Project of the Champaign County Court of Common Pleas.


Upcoming Speakers

  • JANUS Forum

    Save the Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    A JANUS Forum on the 2016 Presidential Race with panelists Carville, Compton, and Castellanos

    • James Carville, Political Consultant and Co-Founder of Democracy Corps
    • Ann Compton, Former White House Correspondent, ABC News
    • Alex Castellanos, Founder of and regular commentator on CNN

    For more information, visit


  • JANUS Forum Visiting Scholar Series

    Save the date...

    Diana Furchtgott-Roth The Myth of the Wage Gap: Why Women Should Move On and Quit Complaining Wednesday February 10 6:00 PM Armstrong Student Center - Pavilion B Open Reception to follow

  • Lynn Vavreck West Lecture

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    Lynn Vavreck West lecture

  • ExplorAsian Program

    Professor Christine Yano of the University of Hawaii will be the featured speaker on Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 pm in the Dolibois Room. Professor Christine Yano of the University of Hawaii will be the featured speaker on Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 pm in the Dolibois Room.
  • Nadine Strossen to Present Casper Lecture on “Current Challenges to Civil Liberties” at Miami Middletown

    The 2016 Alex & Lena Casper Memorial Lecture

    Nadine Strossen, former President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    Current Challenges to Civil Liberties
    Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm at Miami University Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium
    Tickets are free but required.  

    To order tickets, visit

News for Students

  • 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

  • CAS Spring ICE Breaker

    The inaugural CAS Spring ICE Breaker will be held next Tuesday, February 9, from 4-6pm in the Marcum Conference Center.  It is a networking reception for the Miami CAS community to meet and connect with Miami alumni and employers in advance of the Spring ICE Career Fair which will be the following day. Employers hiring CAS majors will be in attendance, a group that includes: FBI, Medpace, Aetna, Kroger, Coyote Logistics, Excel, and City Year, among others. 
    Click here to RSVP
  • Ohio State University's Journal of Politics & International Affairs

    The Journal of Politics & International Affairs (JPIA) is seeking qualified student submissions to be published in the Spring 2016 issue. JPIA is a student-run journal that publishes papers written by undergraduate students in the areas of Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Public Affairs, Sociology, and related fields. Publication in the Journal is an opportunity to reach a wider audience outside of the class, as well as a learning experience through the editing and feedback process. We seek to publish high quality papers that address current events and relevant subjects in the area of politics and international affairs. Ideal submissions are both informative and argumentative, with well-developed theses and strong mechanics. The Journal typically publishes original research, theses, and essays written for upper-level courses although all majors and class ranks are invited. If this opportunity is of interest to you, we highly encourage you to submit a paper for publication on our website at
    The deadline is
    March 1st, 2016, and submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. We have recently updated our submission guidelines, which can be found here:
    , and ask you to carefully review them before submitting.
  • NEW Leadership Ohio program May 23-27, 2016

    What is NEW Leadership Ohio?

    NEW Leadership Ohio is a five-day residential program sponsored by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with support from the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. It encourages college women to take on political and public leadership roles.

    The purpose of this program is to educate Ohio college women about politics and policy-making to actively engage them in the political process. Participants will learn the history of women’s involvement in public life, gain leadership skills in public speaking, advocacy and diversity and form a network of their peers as well as current women leaders.

    When is NEW Leadership Ohio? May 23-27, 2016 on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus, Ohio.

    Who Should Apply? Women enrolled in any Ohio 2-year or 4-year college or university or Ohio residents attending school outside of the state. Preference is given to undergraduates.

    How do I Apply? To apply for the 2016 New Leadership Ohio class please complete the online application form. Applications are due by 2/19/16.

    If you have other questions about the program or application process, please contact Shadia Jallaq or 614-247-8181.

  • Opportunities in Public Affairs-Jobs

    Opportunities in Public Affairs is an excellent resource for Capitol Hill Jobs, Legislative jobs, and Public Affairs and PR jobs in the Washington, DC area and nationwide.

    Opportunities in Public Affairs

  • 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


  • Leadership and the American Presidency - Fall 2016

    Apply for the Leadership and the American Presidency Program

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a new immersive and intensive leadership program this fall - Leadership and the American Presidency. This program is being sponsored in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Leadership simulations from the American Presidency will be a key focus for students.

    As part of this exciting new program, undergraduate students can:

    · Spend the fall semester in the nation’s capital
    · Intern in an engaging setting aligned with their interest
    · Participate in an accredited academic course

    The fall semester early deadline is coming up on March 1, 2016 so please share the announcement below with any interested students and encourage them to visit the website at to learn more about the program and begin an online application.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. Questions may be directed to Matt Phister at 202-986-0384 or

  • City of Hamilton, Post-Graduate Fellowships

    POSTED 2/4: The City of Hamilton, Ohio’s Russell P. Price Fellowship Program is comprised of three 11-month post-graduate fellowships preparing individuals for a dynamic, upper management-oriented career in local government. This competitive, nationally-recognized program has attracted students from top graduate schools including Indiana University, Miami University, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, and University of Georgia since its initiation in 2011. Fellows have also come from a wide variety of graduate programs such as public administration, economics, environmental science, management, graphic design, and urban planning, among others.

    For students that are interested in challenging and stimulating public-sector work, this is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a progressive and historically significant city. This program gives selected participants unique access and insight into the efforts of a mid-sized city government working to resolve some of its most pressing issues, and provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and network with executives, managers, and elected officials.

    The application deadline is April 15.

    Information and Application

  • Environment America 2016 Fellowship Program

    POSTED 2/3: 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

  • Hemophilia Federation of America Internship

    POSTED 2/3: The Hemophilia Federation of America is looking for summer interns! They are seeking two college students (or 2016 college grads), age 21+ with a bleeding disorder/ related to someone with a bleeding disorder, to work with and learn from the Policy and Government Affairs team. This ten week internship is based in Washington, DC, and will find eager students working in and around Capitol Hill. HFA will be providing housing and a stipend for interns, and dates are flexible between June and August; the deadline to apply is March 1.

    More information can be found at, and all questions should be directed to

  • George Washington University U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program is now accepting applications

    U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era: Washington, D.C. and the World

    Advanced Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Professionals Invited to Apply

    Session One: May 16-27
    Session Two: July 11-23



  • U.S.PIRG Hiring

    POSTED 1/25: U.S.PIRG is currently hiring Digital Campaigners and 2-year fellows and are looking for candidates who want to make an impact doing voter engage on college campuses this fall. The application deadline is 2/21. 

    Apply online at their website.

  • 2016 GOP Convention Internships

    The Committee on Arrangements for the 2016 Republican National Convention is always looking for interested undergraduate students to serve as interns.

    Application Deadline

    The COA Summer Internship Program is a structured, full-time program and space is limited.  The deadline for submitting application materials is Friday, February 12, 2016.  The 2016 COA Intern Program will run from May 23, 2016 to July 21, 2016.

    Application Requirements

    The COA’s Internship Program is for undergraduate students and preference is given to juniors and seniors.  To apply for a COA internship, please submit the following:

    • COA Internship Application (complete below)
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation

    Please email any questions to

    Housing will be made available for those accepted to the internship program.

    Learn more at

  • Hope Institute 2016

    The 2016 Hope Institute application is open. We are looking for candidates with little previous exposure to politics to participate in the program, which will take place in Washington, DC.

    Ideal candidates will be eager for political campaign training with the goal of jumping on a campaign in the 2016 elections. Candidates should be enthusiastic, politically minded future leaders between the ages of 20 and 24 from diverse backgrounds all across the country.

    We cover all costs, including airfare to and from Washington, accommodations, meals, and ground transportation to and from Hope Institute activities.


  • OLSC Fellowship Program

    The Ohio General Assembly, through the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC), has sponsored a legislative fellowship program for over 50 years. The LSC sponsors 23 - 24 paid thirteen-month legislative fellowship positions designed to provide college graduates with practical experience in the legislative process. This experience often leads to permanent employment opportunities in the legislature, state government, or related areas.

    Traditionally, twenty fellows are assigned to work with the majority or minority party caucus in either the House or the Senate, with additional fellows being placed with the LSC research and fiscal staff and Ohio Government Telecommunications (OGT)/The Ohio Channel. Fellows assigned to a caucus normally engage in research, constituent services, writing speeches and news releases, and related administrative work. Fellows that work directly with the LSC staff draft legislation, perform legal or fiscal research, monitor sessions of the General Assembly, and attend committee meetings. The fellows assigned to OGT work as production assistants, where they assist in televising legislative sessions and in the production of public service communications.

    The fellowship program begins the first week in December of each year and continues through December 31 of the following year. The application period begins January 1 of every year. The application deadline for the legislative fellowship positions is April 1. The application deadline for the telecommunications fellowship positions is April 30. The only eligibility requirement an applicant must meet is the completion of at least a bachelor's degree program by December.

  • Republican Leadership Initiative opportunity

     Posted 1/5/16

    Republican Leadership Initiative

  • Scoville Peace Fellowship

    POSTED 12/10: The Scoville Peace Fellowship is accepting applications. See the flyer for more information. 

  • ChangePolitics

    POSTED 11/30: ChangePolitics is a new elections platform by that provides voters with a personalized ballot guide powered by individuals and organizations they trust. If you interested in learning more contact Adrienne Lever at or Nick Troiano at 


  • City Internships

    POSTED 11/10: 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

    POSTED 11/9: Mayor John Cranley's office is now accepting applications for spring, summer, and fall internships. If interested, send your resume and writing sample to


  • New Day for America Super PAC internship

    POSTED 9/16: New Day for America is the Super PAC working to get Governor Kasich elected President. For internship experience with a political action committee in support of a major presidential candidate contact Elle Decot at
  • Vote Smart National Internship Program

    POSTED 8/18: Vote Smart National Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students from across the nation and around the world come to our research center in the Montana Rockies to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. Visit their website for more information and to apply.
  • Heritage Foundation Recruiting

    UPDATED July 1: Spring 2016 deadline is October 1. Heritage Foundation is recruiting students for their Internship Programs. We are looking for rising juniors and seniors interested in promoting Heritage policy and research, and experiencing DC first hand. On our website you can find a full list our 60 open positions in policy, promotion, business and more on our website.  Interested applicants should apply using our online application. You also need to submit two letters of recommendation and an official school transcript by the deadline. Deadlines for the 3 semesters are:

    Fall: June 15
    Spring: October 1
    Summer: February 1

  • 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