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Celebrating 100 Years

Welcome to the Department of Political Science Centennial Page! The Department of Political Science is celebrating its 100th year here at Miami University. We want to share with you exciting Centennial program information and showcase some of the wonderful things our students are doing. We began at Miami as the Department of Government in 1922 with Howard White chairing the department for over three decades (until 1958). In 1969, along with the behavioral revolution shaping the discipline at that time, the department changed its name to the Department of Political Science.

Love and Honor: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Preparing our students for meaningful lives and careers remains at the heart of our mission here at Miami. In order to deliver on that mission, we need the helping hand of our alumni more than ever. Diversity is growing within our major - we are attracting students with a variety of backgrounds, including first-generation college students. So the needs of our students remains a critical challenge.  We have incredible students and much of what we do each year is directly the result of your passion and generosity—your gifts make the impossible, possible, for our students.  I’m asking all of our alumni to consider how they might create opportunities for Miami students and how we might begin to secure a foundation for future students together, one that can last the next 100 years! The Political Science Centennial Fund will help us recruit students through scholarships as well as to open doors of opportunity through experiential learning experiences.  These experiences include internships, study away/abroad programs, professional conferences and research, to name just a few. Together, we can build this endowment that will provide financial support for our students every year in perpetuity.  Let’s celebrate this historic marker by making the impossible—possible, so that we can continue creating life-changing experiences for our extraordinary students.  Help us develop the Miami leaders, problem-solvers, and difference-makers for the next generation.

– Bryan Marshall, Professor and Chair 

Make the Impossible Possible

See how your generous support has impacted the lives of our students.

Thank You for Your Generosity

Your support has made it possible for us to assist these students and others throughout the year's.

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History of Department Chairs

  • Howard White, 1927 - 57
  • Joseph E. Black, 1958 - 63 
  • James R. Woodworth, Acting, 1963 - 64 
  • James R. Woodworth, 1965 - 69 
  • Herbert Waltzer, 1970 - 82 
  • David D. McLellan, Acting, 1982 - 83 
  • Steven M. DeLue, 1983 - 94 
  • Susan A. Kay, Acting, 1994 - 95 
  • Susan A. Kay, 1995 - 00 
  • Warren L. Mason, Acting, 2000 - 01 
  • Ryan Barilleaux, 2001 - 10 
  • Steve DeLue, 2011 - 12  
  • Patrick Haney, 2012 - 16  
  • Bryan Marshall, 2017 - present