Kansas State University


Political Science

A Note From the Department Head

Dear Alumni and Friends,

We have had another fantastic year in the Department of Political Science and have many exciting events on the horizon. As is usual there are more student, staff, and faculty accomplishments than what we can fit in this newsletter, but I think you will find that there is a lot to be excited about for both the present and future of this department.

The stories in this newsletter highlight the great things that are happening around the department. We have made changes to our undergraduate curriculum that we believe will leave our students even better prepared for an increasing number of rewarding careers. We continue to see outstanding successes from our undergraduate and graduate students. We are seeing students go onto careers in government and the private sector, as well as pursuing graduate degrees in some of the top law schools and foreign service programs in the country. We also recently saw Ph.D. students from our interdisciplinary Security Studies program accept faculty positions at Mercyhurst College, the Air University School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and New Jersey City University.

Our faculty and staff continue to make a lasting impact on students and their research communities. The department currently has four faculty members on editorial teams for prominent journals in the field. Multiple faculty members are contributing to public policy debates through media interviews and contributing original news analysis to outlets like the Washington Post. We also have multiple faculty members being recognized by academic societies for their outstanding scholarly contributions. In addition, our lead academic advisor was recognized for her outstanding support of students.

Please reach out to me if you’d like to hear more about what is going on around the department. If you happen to find yourself in the Manhattan area, please feel free to swing by the department, and say hello.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.


Sam Bell

Department Head

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