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Graduate Student, Molly Ariotti was awarded a 2016 National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship

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The fellowship will fund intensive language training in Wolof at the University of Florida during the summer of 2016 as well as research in Dakar, Senegal, from September 2016-April 2017.

Jaden Rankin-Wahlers, 2016 Stand Up Award

Jaden is a Penn State University Park Recipient of the 2016 Stand UP Award for her dedication to raising awareness of student poverty and her ethical leadership in combatting stigma associated with poverty and homelessness.

Jaden is majoring in Political Science and Criminology. She is a Paterno Fellow and a Schreyer Honors Scholar. Congratulations Jaden! For more on the story, please go to

2016 Undergraduate Thesis Prize, Megan Biek

One of our very own outstanding graduating seniors, Megan Biek, has been selected to receive the 2016 Center for Global Studies (CGS) Thesis Prize for her project, "Transparency, Accessibility and the Completeness of Amnesty International Human Rights Records." Megan was recognized a presentation hosted by CGS.

Her Thesis was supervised by Christopher Fariss, International Politics. She is graduating as a Shreyer Honors Scholar and as a Paterno Fellow. Congratulations Megan!

New Dual Degree in Social Data Analytics (SoDA)!!

What is Social Data? What is Social Data Analytics?

The Department of Political Science has a new dual degree program. Stay turned for more information coming on this new interdisciplinary training.

Climate change study by Eric Plutzer and PSU PhD Lee Hannah receives extensive media attention.

Eric Plutzer and Lee Hannah's research on how politics impacts the teaching of climate change continues to receive attention in the press, including The New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and US News and World Report. Lee Hannah is a recent PhD recipient now teaching at Wright State University.

The Difficulty of Forecasting "Winners" in Parliamentary Elections by Professor Sona Golder.

The Difficulty of Forecasting "Winners" in Parliamentary Elections by Professor Sona Golder.

Associate Professor, Sona Golder

Professor Golder's research on predicting governing coalitions is featured in the European political science blog, The Plot,  found here

Analysis of Presidential Primary media coverage by graduate students Kevin Reuning and Nick Dietrich featured in the Monkey Cage

Recent work by Kevin Reuning and Nick Dietrich was featured in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. Their research examines the relationship between media coverage, polling, and popular support in the 2016 Presidential Primary Election. See the full article here.

Penn State offers new innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate major 'Big Data': Social Data Analytics

Developed by the political science department. A new innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate major in social data analytics is now offered through the Department of Political Science in the College of the Liberal Arts. Undergraduate majors will work with “big data” in the rapidly growing field of data science. Click here for the full story.

Announcing a new undergraduate major in Social Data Analytics (SoDA)!

The SoDA major is designed to prepare students for careers that make use of Big Data in order to tackle social and political problems. This interdisciplinary major provides a unique combination of data analytic skills and social science knowledge that can be applied to various contexts and questions

Learn more about the degree here:

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