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Robert Brown Is UM Teacher of Year

Political science professor receives Elsie M. Hood Award at Honors Convocation During Robert D. Brown’s 24 years … [Read More...]


Scholarships pay tribute to former Speaker of the House, attorney Tim Ford

By Tina Hahn  |  March 11, 2015 The University of Mississippi is mourning the loss of dedicated alumnus Tim Ford … [Read More...]


Winkle’s Vast Contributions Honored with Fund Promoting Faculty Excellence

For nearly four decades, UM political science professor John Winkle has impacted the lives of his students and devoted … [Read More...]

Maj. Gen. James E. Donald

Maj. Gen. James E. Donald Inducted in Alumni Hall of Fame

The highest annual honors for alumni who have made an outstanding contribution through good deeds, services, or … [Read More...]

Travis Gray

Travis Gray’s Agricultural Policy Analysis

Travis Gray created quite a stir with his presentation at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration in Coral … [Read More...]


Recent UM Graduate Elected to Summit Town Council

University of Mississippi graduate Daryl Porter Jr. has taken a step closer to his political goals by becoming the … [Read More...]

Ole Miss Debaters Look forward to China Open

Political Science Major Wins International Debate

Taking first place at the China Open at Xi’an International Studies University were Austin “Woody” Wood, a senior … [Read More...]


John Winkle Retires After 39 Years

A beloved professor of political science retires this month, but his calendar will still be full for some time to … [Read More...]


International Career

University of Mississippi junior Shruti Jaishankar of Ridgeland could have attended any college on her long application … [Read More...]

Jonathan Cornell

Former UM Linebacker Tackles Meridian Classroom

Former University of Mississippi middle linebacker Jonathan Cornell has gone from breaking through offensive linemen to … [Read More...]

Matthew Becker visits the location of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand I in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Doctoral Student’s Fellowship Allows for One-of-a-Kind Research

Perseverance and a unique research proposal led to a Boren Fellowship for a University of Mississippi political science … [Read More...]


UM Alumni Association Honors 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Retired Maj. Gen. James E. Donald (B.A. 1970) of Atlanta was awarded the University of Mississippi Alumni Association's … [Read More...]

Biloxi mayor A.J. Holloway (right) with John Bruce, chair of the Department of Political Science.

Fund Honors Biloxi Mayor, Recognized for Leadership After Katrina

A.J. Holloway, Biloxi mayor, is recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award  for the University of Mississippi … [Read More...]


Tim Ford Receives Distinguished Alumni Award, Public Service Scholarship in His Name

Tim Ford, former Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, was awarded the University of Mississippi … [Read More...]

Labor Union Politics Class

Students in Marvin King's POL 398 Labor Union Politics, a Study USA course.

Labor Union Politics Class Labor Union Politics Class

International Politics

Shruti Jaishankar---majoring in international studies, political science, and Spanish---is studying in Chile for her honors thesis comparing electoral laws around the world.

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Alumni delivers 159th commencement address

U.S. Sen. Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss), a political science and journalism major (B.A. 1973) elected to the Senate in 2008, gave the 2012 commencement address. Photo by Robert Jordan.

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Professor John Winkle

Dr. Winkle taught for almost four decades before his recent retirement.

Professor John Winkle Professor John Winkle

Furlong Family Scholarship Endowment

Alumni Larry Furlong and his family are providing financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in UM’s College of Liberal Arts with preference given to students from Illinois, Florida, California and Nashville, Tenn.

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Scholar Athlete

Alumni and former UM linebacker Jonathan Cornell has successfully transitioned from political science major to high school teacher with the Mississippi Teacher Corps.

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Political discussion

Newsmuseum CEO Charles Overby moderates an election panel discussion with, seated from left, UM political science associate professor Marvin King Jr., Tom Baxter, John Brummett and Curtis Wilkie. Photo by Robert Jordan

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While many go to law school, students also find careers in business, teaching, the Foreign Service, the armed forces, government, law enforcement, lobbying, and non-profit organizations.

Careers Careers


While we are diverse in our offerings and interests, the Political Science Department shares a common mission: to prepare informed, active, and critical citizens.

Goals Goals


The teaching of Political Science has been an integral part of the mission of The University of Mississippi since the school opened its doors in 1848. The Department of Political Science was founded in 1943 and the doctoral program was established in 1967.

Mission Mission

On the right path

Students take courses from award-winning faculty who are leaders in their fields.

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In addition to B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs, the department offers a minor concentration in Political Science and participates in the interdisciplinary major in International Studies with the Croft Institute.

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Social Science Research Lab

Assistant professor Jonathan Winburn directs the lab.

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Words of wisdom

The University of Mississippi Political Science Department is organized around 3 fields of study: American politics, Comparative politics, and International politics.

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Doctoral Student’s Fellowship Supports International Research

A Boren fellowship funded a year of dissertation research in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Matthew Becker, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science.

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