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

  • POL welcomed the 2015 Summer Scholars

    July 6-16: Inside State and Local Government, Leadership and Public Affairs

    Summer Scholars

  • Miami in D.C. Alumni Board

    Miami University has formed an inaugural "Miami in D.C." Alumni Advisory Board. The board will work with academic leadership in the College of Arts and Science and the Departments of Political Science, and Media, Journalism & Film to strengthen existing academic programs in the region, such as Inside Washington. The board also will develop new academic opportunities for Miami students seeking experience in the nation’s more here.

    Inaugural Board Members:

    • Rep. Susan Brooks '82, Republican representative for a congressional district in Indiana.
    • LaDavia Drane '04, director of African American Outreach, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign (assumes role in June 2015).
    • Shefali Razdan Duggal '93, member, Democratic National Committee's national finance committee.
    • Justin Faulb '05, assistant general counsel, National Association of Broadcasters.
    • Jeff Pegues '92, justice and homeland security correspondent, CBS News.
    • Steve Pinkos '92, partner, American Continental Group.
    • Mike Sommers '97, chief of staff to House Speaker John Boehner.
    • Katie Troller '08, manager, federal government relations, Walgreens.
    • Darrell West '76, vice president of governance studies, director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Douglas Dillon Chair In Governance Studies, Brookings Institution.
  • In Memoriam...Reo Christenson

    Reo M. Christenson, age 96, died Friday, May 15, 2015 in Beavercreek, Ohio. Born in Minnesota and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Reo served nearly five years in the US Army during WWII. Following military service, Christenson obtained a PhD from the University of Michigan. He taught political science at Miami University (Ohio) for 40 years. He is survived by his son Brian (Candy) Christenson and grandson, Kevin; and by daughter Ginny (Tom) Helm and grandson Jonathan (Sayuri) Helm and great - granddaughter Lillian Helm. He was preceded in death by five siblings and by Helen, his wife of nearly 60 years. Reo was a distinguished professor and respected academician, authoring or co-authoring six books, and numerous articles. Reo was known for his commitment to fairness and equality as demonstrated by his participation in voter registration in the South during the Civil Rights era and his efforts to promote integration. Above all, he will be remembered for his personal integrity combined with a unique sense of humor.

  • Congratulations to all POL award recipients!

    The Department of Political Science 2014-15 Awards Banquet was held in the Heritage Room at the Shriver Center on Tuesday, April 28.

    You can see all the 2014-15 award recipients here...

    2015 Banquet

  • Dr. Russo recognized by OTA

    Dr. Philip Russo was recognized at the Ohio Township Association's 2015 Annual Conference for 20 years of service to Ohio townships. Pictured with him is OTA President Tom Willsey and Miami students l to r: Andrew Geisler, Jordan Lewis, Aubrey Hale, Brittany Utz, and Kurt Hodges.

    Russo Award

  • Lisa Schrader '94

    Lisa Schrader '94, Chief of Staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, provides Inside Chicago students with tour and behind the scenes look of City Hall during Winter Term 2015. POL major Lance Greenberg is seated immediately to Lisa's right.

    Inside Chicago


Upcoming Speakers

  • Commencement 2015

    See photos from the 2015 Commencement ceremonies.

    Photo Gallery

News for Students

  • 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


  • Fall Mayor's L.E.A.D. DC Internship Program

    POSTED 7/16: The Washington, DC Executive Office of the Mayor is opening their Fall L.E.A.D. DC program offering undergraduate, graduate. and recent graduates the chance to gain valuable work experience in one of our departments. Opportunities are vast and can range from public policy, communications, finance, law, intergovernmental affairs, and government operations.


    • Ability to commit a minimum of 15-30 hours per week
    • Excellent written and communication skills
    • A keen eye for detail
    • Willingness to work in a fast paced environment
    • Interested in public service

    The program will last for 12 weeks from September 14th to December 4th. Interns will be accepted on a rolling basis.

    Visit the Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments 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. 

    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
    Spring Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by November 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