Aristotle described the study of politics as the master science. In accord with that definition, the political science major at Saint Joseph's University is rooted firmly in the Liberal Arts tradition of Jesuit education, incorporating both humanistic and scientific approaches in its curriculum. It familiarizes students with the main branches of contemporary political science, from the timeless classics of political thought to the contemporary issues affecting American, regional, and world politics. In all of its courses, the department seeks to make its students aware of the increasing interconnectedness between domestic affairs, international trends, and developments. By encouraging its students to develop a life-long love of learning, a sense of responsible citizenship, the habit of critical analysis, and the ability to effectively express oneself through speaking and writing, the Political Science major offers a solid foundation for graduate and legal studies, as well as careers in government, education, communications, and commerce.

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Submissions from 2016

The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan, Kazuya Fukuoka

Submissions from 2014

Gender, Race, and Office Holding in the United States: Representation at the Intersections, Becki S. Scola

Submissions from 2013

Predicting Presence at the Intersections: Assessing the Variation in Women’s Office Holding Across the State, Becki S. Scola

Submissions from 2012

Review of "Changing Politics In Japan", Kazuya Fukuoka

Rethinking Dover: Religion, Science, And The Values Of Democratic Citizenship, Susan P. Liebell

Submissions from 2011

Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods, 2nd ed., Lisa A. Baglione

"Memory, Politics, and International Relations". Review of "Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations", Kazuya Fukuoka

School History Textbooks and Historical Memories in Japan: A Study of Reception, Kazuya Fukuoka

Waving a Hollow Flag: A Study of Japanese Youth Nationalism, Kazuya Fukuoka

Review of "A War They Were Always Going to Lose", Anthony J. Joes

Civility in Public Debate, Francis Graham Lee

Commendation for Hon. Kathleen McGinty, Francis Graham Lee

Roundtable on Religion and Civility: Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America, Francis Graham Lee

The Fall and Rise of the Supreme Court: From Jones-Loughlin to Cooper v. Aaron, Francis Graham Lee

What is Unreasonable? From Writs of Assistance to Thermal Imaging, Francis Graham Lee

Submissions from 2010

Between Banality and Apathy: A Study of Japanese Nationalism, Kazuya Fukuoka

Japan's War Memories with Asian Others, Kazuya Fukuoka

Politics of Memory and Nationalism, Kazuya Fukuoka

Politics of Memory and Nationalism, Kazuya Fukuoka

Responsibility, Regret and Nationalism in Japanese Memory, Kazuya Fukuoka

School History Textbooks and Historical Memories in Japan: A Study of Reception, Kazuya Fukuoka

Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World, Anthony J. Joes

"What is Guerrilla Warfare?", Anthony J. Joes

A Transformational Presidency?, Francis Graham Lee

If You Give Them a Lemon, Can They Make Lemonade: O'Connor and Kennedy, The Swinging Accommodationists, Francis Graham Lee

Stanley H. Kaplan and Pre-Law Advisors, Francis Graham Lee

The Next Two Years: Looking to 2012 from the 2010 Midterms, Francis Graham Lee

The Political Scientist as Pre-Law Advisor, Francis Graham Lee

This Lecture Might be Messy: The Role of Gender in Academic Life, Becki S. Scola

Why Do They Run? A Survey of Women of Color State Legislators, Becki S. Scola

Submissions from 2009

History Textbook Controversies in Japan: Politics of Memory without Audience?, Kazuya Fukuoka

Memory, Nation, and External Others: An Avenue to IR's Sociological Turn, Kazuya Fukuoka

Memory, Nation, and Sociational Constructivism, Kazuya Fukuoka

"Public Opinion as a System of Dikes? Prime Minister Koizumiâ's Controversial Visits to Yasukuni War Shrine, Kazuya Fukuoka

The State in International Relations, Kazuya Fukuoka

â Institutions, Intersections, and Women (of Color) Legislators: How Race/Ethnicity and Gender Inform Office Holding across the States.â, Becki S. Scola

â Registering and Turning Out: Voting Patterns of Women (of Color) Across the Statesâ, Becki S. Scola

â States, Institutions, and Intersections: Predicting the Presence of Women Legislators in the Fifty American States.â, Becki S. Scola

â Supplying and Demanding Women Legislators?: How the Intersection of Race/Ethnicity and Gender Informs Office Holding across the States.â, Becki S. Scola

â The Intersection of Gender, Race and Ethnicity with Voter Turnout: Explaining Differences Across the States.â, Becki S. Scola

Submissions from 2008

Doing Good and Doing Well: Teaching Research-Paper Writing by Unpacking the Paper, Lisa A. Baglione

Emphasizing Principles for a Moral Foreign Policy, Lisa A. Baglione

Emphasizing Principles for a Moral Foreign Policy, Lisa A. Baglione

Post-Settlement Chechnya: A Case of Authoritarian Peacebuilding?â, Lisa A. Baglione

Review Essay on Peacebuilding: A Time to Listen to and Learn from Reconciliation, Lisa A. Baglione

The Withering of the Chrysanthemum and the Melting of the Sword? National Symbols, External Others, and Collective Memory in Japan's New Millennium, Kazuya Fukuoka

Memory Politics and Public Opinion: Prime Minister Koizumi's Controversial Visits to Yasukuni War Shrine, Francis Graham Lee

Submissions from 2004

Switiching Places: Tolerant Difference in the American Political Tradition, Susan P. Liebell

Domesticating the Global Economy: Incomes Policies and Monetary Stability Toward the End of Bretton Woods, Wesley W. Widmaier

Submissions from 2003

The Construction of Crises and the Transformation of Russian Interests: From State Failure to Market Failure in the Post-Cold War Era, Lisa A. Baglione

Constructing Foreign Policy Crises: The Vietnam War, Presidential Rhetoic and the Definition of National Interest, Jonathan B. Isacoff

Review of "American Orientalism ", Jonathan B. Isacoff

Review of "Six Days of War", Jonathan B. Isacoff

Systemic Interpretations and the National Interest: Presidential 'Lessons of Vietnam' and 'Policy Deliberation', Jonathan B. Isacoff

Why Diplomacy Failed and How it Could Have Succeeded, Jonathan B. Isacoff

Equal Protection: Rights and Liberties under the Law, Francis Graham Lee

Constructing Monetary Crises: Monetary Understandings and State Interests in Cooperation, Wesley W. Widmaier

Keynesianism as a Constructivist Theory of the International Political Economy, Wesley W. Widmaier

Systemic Interpretations and the National Interests: Presidential 'Lessons of Vietnam', Wesley W. Widmaier

The Construction of Crises aand the Transformation of Russian Interests: From State Failure to Market Failure in the Post-Cold War Era, Wesley W. Widmaier

Submissions from 2002

The economic price of regime security: Mistrust, state-business networks, and economic stagnation in Syria, 1986-2000, Bassam Haddad

Between Miliitarism and Moderation in Isreal: Constructing Security in Historical Perspective, Jonathan B. Isacoff

"Constructing Death: Norms, War and Civilian Casualties" Review of "The Ethics of Destruction" by Ward Thomas, Jonathan B. Isacoff

'John Dewey and Historical IR' and 'Pragmatism and International Relations, Jonathan B. Isacoff

On the Historical Imagination of IR: The Case for a 'Deweyan Reconstruction', Jonathan B. Isacoff

Pragmatism, International Relations and Historical Inquiry, Jonathan B. Isacoff

Church-State Relations, Francis Graham Lee

Grutter v. Bollinger: The Mirror Image of Hopwood, Francis Graham Lee

Submissions from 2001

Contending Theories of International Relations : A Comprehensive Survey, James E. Dougherty

The Historical Revisionism Problem and International Relations, Jonathan B. Isacoff

The Historical Revisionism Problem in Sinai 1956 and Vietnam, Jonathan B. Isacoff

A Peach or a Lemon: The University of Georgia Affirmative Action, Francis Graham Lee

Law Schools' Mixed Response to Homosexuality, Francis Graham Lee

Liberalism and the Political: The Foundations of a Greener Liberalism, Susan P. Liebell

The Rules of the Game: Contract Theory, The Rule of the Law, and the Problem if Ecology, Susan P. Liebell

Constructing Monetary Crises: From the New Inflation of the 1950s to the Stagflation of the 1970s, Wesley W. Widmaier

Submissions from 2000

International Conflict Resolution, Lisa A. Baglione

Between Militarism and Modernation: Security, Partnership, and the Insolubility of the 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict' and 'Redefining Secutiry in the Middle East: Effects of the Peace Process, Jonathan B. Isacoff

Learning from History: International Relations, Historiology, and Suez 1956, Jonathan B. Isacoff

"Making Sense Of The Postmodern Turn" Review of "Why History? Ethics and Postmodernity" by Keith Jenkins, Jonathan B. Isacoff

America and Guerrilla Warfare, Anthony J. Joes

Sustaining life, relieving suffering, and regenerating the economy, Anthony J. Joes

Can Liberals Be Green? The Environmental Critique of Liberal Democracy, Susan P. Liebell

Collective Identification and Monetary Conventions: From Incomes Policy to Monetary Policy, Wesley W. Widmaier

Submissions from 1999

To Agree or Not to Agree: Leadership, Bargaining, and Arms Control, Lisa A. Baglione

Review of "Isreal in Search of a War", Jonathan B. Isacoff

Space, Security, and the Politics of Expansion in Isreal-Palestine, Jonathan B. Isacoff

American Politics, Anthony J. Joes

Guerrilla Warfare, Anthony J. Joes

Political Theory and Environmental Public Policy: Revisiting the Liberal Theories of Property, Susan P. Liebell

Economic Democracy and Cooperation: A Constructivist Analysis of International Monetary Relations, Wesley W. Widmaier

Submissions from 1998

Men of Steel Meet the Market: Interpreting Firm Behavior in Russia's Metallurgical Industry, Lisa A. Baglione

The Challenge of Transforming Russian Unions: The Case of GMPR, Lisa A. Baglione

National Security, Political Discourse, and Territorial Disputes, Jonathan B. Isacoff

Political Discourse and State Expansion in International Politics, Jonathan B. Isacoff

Insurgency and Genocide: La Vendee, Anthony J. Joes

The 'Clash of Civilizations' and its Critics: A Review Essay, Anthony J. Joes

The Value and Mechanisms of Stability: A New Liberalism for Greener Times, Susan P. Liebell

The Social Construction of Globalization, Wesley W. Widmaier

Submissions from 1997

A Tale of Two Metallurgical Enterprises: Marketization and the Social Conflict in Russian Industry, Lisa A. Baglione