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The Department of Political Science was founded in 1974 and currently has 40 ladder-rank, 5 adjunct, and numerous instructional and affiliated faculty members who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds, expertise, methodologies, and approaches. Ours is a young department that quickly skyrocketed to prominence and has since consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation and world. Our faculty is bound together by a commitment to theoretically informed research and  teaching excellence. Our individual projects may be empirical case studies, philosophical investigations, or formal theory, but they all strive to contribute to major theoretical developments in the discipline. We foster a collegial community of scholarship in which intellectual differences are not battle lines, but points of fruitful exchange; an informal environment in which faculty and graduate students can easily share ideas and collaborate; and a commitment to providing innovative instruction and research opportunities to our undergraduate students. More information about our individual faculty members and their research and teaching is available through our Faculty Directory page.