Political Science hosts several regular event series in addition to other unaffiliated events. Scroll below the calendar to learn more.

July 2017

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  • Independence Day observed. The Graduate Center is closed.


Regular Series

Department Colloquium

The Department Colloquium speaker series is designed to promote intellectual community within the Political Science department, stimulate cross-subfield discussion among faculty and students, and facilitate student engagement with the wide network of scholars in the tri-state area. If you are interested in presenting your work or being a discussant at a future Colloquium event, please contact Jessica Mahlbacher at

Last semester’s talks included:

  • James Mittelman, Professor Emeritus at American University in Washington DC presented “Universities and International Relations: Repurposing Higher Education.”
  • John Krinsky, City College and the Graduate Center presented “What Parks Maintenance Tells Us About Urban Governance”
  • Severine Autesserre, Barnard College presented “Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention”
  • Michael Jacobson, The Institute for State and Local Governance, Graduate Center, CUNY presented “How do we actually end mass incarceration in the United States?”
  • Cyril Obi, Social Science Research Council presented “The struggle for democratic change in a time of crisis: The Nigerian case since the 2015 elections”


Comparative Politics Workshop

The comparative politics workshop is a venue for comparativists—faculty, students, and alumni—to workshop conference papers, peer-reviewed articles, or book chapters. Our goal is to provide a relaxed, informal, and collegial environment to share and develop our work. This workshop is a student-run initiative that relies on the support and energy of the GC comparative politics faculty, students, and alumni.

Last semester’s events included:

  • Duncan McCargo of the University of Leeds presented “Are Military Coups Going Out of Style?”
  • Oiendrila Dube of New York University presented “Queens”
  • Robert Kaufman of Rutgers University presented “Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change”
  • Vujo Ilic of Yale University presented “Tribal Groups and Civil War Violence: Evidence from 1941-1942 Montenegro”
  • Virginia Page Fortna of Columbia University presented “The Causes and Consequences of Terrorism in Civil Wars”
  • Julie George of Queens College presented “Detecting Defections: The Causes of Party Breakdown in Georgia, 1999-2004”
  • Jennifer Mueller of Marymount Manhattan College and a Graduate Center alumna, presented “Armed Groups, Child Soldiers and Legitimacy: Can International Pressure Improve the Human Rights Records of Non-State Actors?”
  • Mike Miller, a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Center, presented “The Dilemma of State Power: New Media, Old Challenges in China”
  • Kanchan Chandra of NYU presented “Democratic Dynasties: Ethnicity, Family and Party in Indian Politics”
  • Erika Iverson, a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Center, presented “Migrants, Refugees, and the Influence of History: How Context Shapes Policy in the US and Kenya”
  • Drake Logan a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Center, presented “Toxic Violence in Iraq’s Present”


Election 2016: Unprecedented Politics, New Challenges for Political Science

The 2016 election is proving to be an historic one, pitting the first woman nominee from a major party against an outsider candidate who defies his own party. Beyond conventional and convention politics, tensions run high over the deaths of black men by the police, LGBTQ people, particularly Latin@s, are reeling from a massacre at a southern nightclub, and the chasm of economic, social, and political inequality deepens.

The PhD/MA Program in Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, will host a series of vibrant conversations about the general election and what insights political scientists might offer about our current moment of unprecedented politics. Journalists, political operatives, and activists will join scholars from the tri-state area to consider issues and perspectives often neglected in other venues.

The Unprecedented Politics series will include:

  • The State of the Presidential Race and its Meaning
    Tuesday, Sept 20 |
     4:15pm-6:00pm | Thesis Room
    Featuring faculty and students from The Graduate Center, CUNY

  • Dark Money and Political Advertising
    Tuesday, Sept 27 |
     2:00pm-4:00pm | Thesis Room
    Featuring Travis Ridout (Washington State University and the Wesleyan Media Project)

  • Paying the Price: College Costs & Betrayal of American Dream
    Wednesday, Sept. 28 | 6:30pm-8:00pm | Room C197
    Featuring Sara Goldrick-Rab (Temple University), Nicholas Freudenberg (CUNY Public Health) and Mark Zuckerman (The Century Foundation)

  • What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About the Election
    Thursday, Sept. 29 |
     4:30pm-6:30pm | Room 9205
    Featuring Cristina Beltrán (NYU), Joshua Freeman (The Graduate Center CUNY), and Michael Javen Fortner (The Murphy Institute, CUNY)

  • Is There a Digital Divide Between Democrats and Republicans? Why Republicans Can’t Work the Remote
    Thursday, October 13 |
    2:00pm-3:30pm | Room C198
    Featuring Daniel Kreiss (University of North Carolina), Jessica Baldwin-Philippi (Fordham University), Michael Benjamin (New York Post) and Heath Brown (John Jay College and The Graduate Center CUNY)

  • The Coming Crack-Up of American Politics
    Thursday, October 20 |
     6:00pm-8:30pm | Skylight Room
    Featuring Stanley Greenberg (author and former presidential advisor) and Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard University and president of APSA)

  • Beyond the Punditry: Fresh Perspectives on the 2016 Presidential Election
    Thursday, November 10 |
     4:15pm-6:00pm | Room C198
    Featuring Celeste Katz (Mic, online news platform) and Sam Wang (Princeton)


Political Theory Workshop

The Political Theory Workshop provides a forum for theorists to develop conference papers, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in a relaxed, collegial setting. The workshop draws presenters from across the US as well as faculty from CUNY and other NYC institutions. Papers are distributed in advance of the workshop. If you are interested in presenting at the workshop or being a discussant, please email

Last semester’s events included:

  • Cedric Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago, presented “A Gale of Two Cities: New Orleans, Baltimore, and the Power of Liberal Anti-Racism” with discussant Daniel Rogers.
  • Jane Bennett, Johns Hopkins University, presented “Whitman’s Sympathies” with discussant Emily Crandall.
  • Bonnie Honig, Brown University, presented “What Kind of a Thing is Land?: Hannah Arendt’s Object Relations (or, The Human Condition: A Jewish Reading)” with discussant Amy Schiller.
  • Cristina Beltran, New York University, presented “Latino Conservatives and the Art of Diversity” with discussant: Max Burkey.


The department is affiliated with a number of research centers, including the Ralph Bunche Institute, the Center for Urban Research, and the James M. & Cathleen D. Stone Center On Socio-Economic Inequality. See their web pages for ongoing events and details.

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