Political Science

Program Information

Political Science is an essential component of a liberal arts education, providing students with the tools to understand the complex world of politics and, in the process, to become better citizens. As a field of academic study, Political Science is both a classical discipline and a more recently developed social science. The study of politics utilizes philosophical, historical, comparative and empirical analysis to examine governments, transnational institutions, political movements, politics, and policies. Knowledge of these areas enables students to participate more effectively in the political process on behalf of their own values. Students also learn skills to scrutinize both their own value systems and those of others.

The Political Science Department seeks to provide broad yet rigorous training in the fields of U.S. politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory. This training provides a thorough grounding for study in graduate and professional schools (including law school), as well as preparation for public service, nongovernmental employment, civic engagement, and political activism at the local, state, national, and international levels.


Justin Berry, Associate Professor of Political Science. BA Villanova University MA Loyola Marymount University MA Fielding Graduate Institute PhD University of Southern California

John Dugas, Margaret and Roger Scholten Associate Professor of Political Science. BA Louisiana State University PhD Indiana University-Bloomington

Jennifer Einspahr (Co-chair), Associate Professor of Political Science. BA Whitman College PhD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Amy Elman, Weber Professor in Social Science. BA Brandeis University MA, PhD New York University


  • The public is invited to hear from Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian '99 via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Kalamazoo College’s 2022 William Weber Lecture. The post State’s Chief Medical Executive Slated for Weber Lecture appeared first on News and Events.
  • Thomas Lichtenberg ’23 is receiving a Newman Civic Fellowship to recognize his commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing the community. The post Student, Advocate Earns Newman Civic Fellowship appeared first on News and Events.
  • As a strategic communications intern, Thomas Lichtenberg backed the Bazelon Center’s efforts by planning and drafting social media posts and strategies. The post Bazelon Center Intern Helps Protect the Disabled appeared first on News and Events.
  • David Kent ’22 worked at Shared Hope International, an organization that seeks to prevent sex trafficking as it comforts and brings justice to victims. The post Shared Hope International Intern Helps Fight Against Sex Trafficking appeared first on News and Events.
  • K has appointed 10 faculty members as endowed chairs. These positions are funded through the annual earnings from an endowed gift to the College. The post K Honors 10 Faculty Members as Endowed Chairs appeared first on News and Events.