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Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize 2023 Award to Christiane Lemke

Deutsches Haus at New York University Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize 2023 Award to Christiane Lemke Last Friday, November 10,…

Multi-Level Governance and European Integration book cover

Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks win the 2023 Martha Derthick Book Award from the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the APSA.

Hooghe and Marks’ book– Multi-level Governance and European Integration (2001) –was recently announced as the winner of the APSA’s Martha…

Sept. 2023 cover of Science Advances

Political Scientists work on much more than polls and elections!

UNC Political Science congratulates Timothy Ryan and Marc Hetherington for their latest publication in Science Advances! The article, “Counter-stereotypical messaging and partisan…

“Not Another Politics Podcast” featuring Professor Tim Ryan: Do White Americans Favor White Politicians?

Listen to the Podcast! As the Supreme Court debates whether to end affirmative action, concerns about the power of implicit…


The UNC Department of Political Science is consistently rated as one of the top 15 political science departments in the country. Our internationally renowned faculty is dedicated to exposing students to cutting-edge political science research and scholarship. Political Science is one of the largest undergraduate majors at UNC-Chapel Hill, yet there is ample opportunity for students to receive individual attention and assistance as they pursue their chosen course of study.


Our graduate program, currently ranked 12th among U.S. graduate programs in Political Science, is small and very selective; each year’s entering cohort is approximately 12 students. We admit students for the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science. The focus of our graduate program is to train students for professional careers in political science, usually in academic institutions but also (and increasingly) in government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

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Featured Graduate Courses

Intergovernmental Relations (PUBA 778)

Conflict and cooperation among governmental officials representing national, state, and local governments in the United States; changing roles of governments and new mechanisms for intergovernmental collaboration.

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The Psychology of Collective Politics

Explores the psychological underpinnings of collective politics from the perspective of both individuals and groups. Political behaviors examined include: deliberation, protest, nationalism, and intergroup conflict.

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