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The Department of Political Science at UCSD is recognized as one of the best in the country. Founded in 1974, our department now is home to many of the world's leading scholars who represent a broad range of backgrounds, methodologies, and specialties. Our commitment to rigorous, interdisciplinary, and innovative scholarship provides the foundation for cutting-edge education and research that is changing the field of modern political science.


In Memoriam – Professor Ellen Comisso

On July 4, 2013, the UC San Diego Department of Political Science lost a valued, dear colleague—Ellen Turkish Comisso. A pioneer in the study of East European political economy, a member of the generation of political scientists whose careers opened new paths toward gender equity, and a beloved mentor of young scholars, Ellen will be missed by many. read more


In The News

Washington Monthly's 2013 national universities rankings

Washington Monthly's 2013 national universities rankings places UCSD as number 1 for the fourth consecutive year. Rankings based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research, and Civic Engagement.

UCSD named one of the best colleges for Political Science

Affordable Colleges Online ranks programs based on the quality of education, academic atmosphere, student life, job placement, and student earning potential. On these measures, UCSD Political Science ranks #3 in the nation and earned particular notice for our "hands-on, fully engaged learning experience" and success in attracting the most competitive students.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Professor Peter H. Smith

    Awarded the Kalman Silvert Award from the Latin American Studies Association

  • Professor Tom K. Wong

    Appointed Director of Migration Studies

  • Faculty Excellence Award Winner for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Faculty Excellence Award Winner for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

  • Senior Lecturer Peter Galderisi

    2012 Warren College Outstanding Teaching Award

Campus Climate

As part of the university's ongoing efforts to promote intellectual and community diversity among its student body, faculty and staff, steps are being taken to advance a positive and dynamic campus climate at UC San Diego and throughout the UC system. To learn more, please visit Campus Climate Update.

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Hire a UCSD PhD.

The Department is proud to have many excellent Ph.D. candidates on the academic market this year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our job candidates, faculty members, the Graduate Coordinator on staff, or the Director of Graduate Studies.