Department of Political Science, Oklahoma State University

This is the official page of the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State

Political science is about the study of power and how it is used to govern societies. As a field, it uniquely prepares students to become knowledgeable and effective citizens and teaches them skills that are applicable to a wide variety of career choices. Political science students learn to think independently, communicate effectively, understand complex social structures, and function effectively

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Internships 05/14/2024

Are you looking for a Congressional internship for the fall semester? Rep. Bice (OK-5th District) is currently accepting applications! Learn more at

Internships Internship Program The Office of Congresswoman Stephanie Bice is accepting intern applications for 2024. Interning provides first-hand experience of how Congress works and a deeper understanding of the legislative branch, while also serving the constituents of Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District...

Photos from Department of Political Science, Oklahoma State University's post 05/11/2024

Congrats to our graduates this weekend!
Yesterday, we also honored our graduating Master's students, scholarship winners, outstanding departmental senior, and Pi Sigma Alpha inductees at our annual awards ceremony. We have a great group of students, so there is a lot to celebrate this weekend!


Last day of classes (we survived!), and time to announce our final 2024 scholarship winner! Our Paul W Matthews Scholarship winner is Grae Taylor, of Pond Creek, OK. Grae is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Music Industry. They are a member of CAS STUCO (philanthropy committee), the Music Industry Association, the Festival Planning Committee, OSU College Democrats, and were a group participant in the 2024 Green Student Initiative.


This year's winner of the Guy Donnell and William Parle Scholarship is Ashlyn Goad of Okay, OK! A junior junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Health, Ashlyn is the current Academic Achievement Chair for a Panhellenic sorority. She also works as a research assistant for Dr. Haruka Nagao in the Department of Political Science.


Our last Politics and Pastries event of the semester is Friday!! Don’t miss this!

Here is the topic:
The Supreme Courts 2023 term comes to a close this June. Dr. Christine Bird will preview what cases to watch, where to find reliable information, and what to look for in media coverage of the Supreme Court. You’re not going to want to miss this!!


Next is our Harold Sare Award Scholarship for 2024, Ashton Tate. Ashton is a sophomore studying strategic communications and political science. He is also active in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (O.I.L.), currently serving as the delegation chair. He will be the Public Affairs Committee Chair next year.

Research Support Specialist (Recent Graduates) 04/29/2024

Recent grads - interested in a job researching with the Department of Justice? They are currently hiring a research support specialist for the National Security Division's Foreign Investment Review Section (FIRS).

Research Support Specialist (Recent Graduates) The Research Support Specialist will provide essential research and administrative support to the National Security Division's Foreign Investment Review Section (FIRS), which reviews acquisitions of and investments in U.S. companies by foreign entities, in order to determine the transaction's or lic...


A new week, a new list of scholarship winners! Meet Kylie Casey, this year's Boahnnon Award for Excellence winner from Morrison, OK. Kylie is the first in her family to go to college. She is also a recipient of the William Walter Killough Sr. Memorial Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences. She also volunteers at the Stillwater Christian Villa assisted living community and works as a writing tutor for NOC/OSU.


Our next scholarship awards list is Ethan Pitts - a local from Stillwater and this year's Raymond & Afaaf Habiby Scholarship! Ethan is a political science major with a concentration in pre-law and a minor in Africana Studies. He volunteers at the humane society and helps around the Center for Africana Studies on campus.


Congrats to Braxton Tempest, winner of this year's Franz VonSauer Memorial Scholarship! Active in campus leadership, Braxton was a member of the 2023 Executive Committee, the Director of the First Year Representative Council in 2022-23, and he currently serves as the Vice President of Finance in his fraternity. An active member of CEAT and the College of Arts and Sciences, Braxton is pursuing dual degrees in architectural studies and political science. He is a CEAT Scholar, a member of the Oklahoma State Scholar Society, and was named a Top 10 Freshman Male in 2022.


Did you miss seeing senior Amy Campbell go over her Wentz research project during the Undergrad Research Symposium? You can catch her again TOMORROW (April 25) during the Wentz and Purdie Research Scholars Symposium, which takes place in 265 Student Union Ballroom from 1:30-4 PM. Amy will be at her poster from 1:45-2:45 and is ready to answer your questions about how including more women on UN peacekeeping missions helps reduce the attacks against civilian populations.

Photos from Department of Political Science, Oklahoma State University's post 04/24/2024

Our 2 FCGE Research Award winners, Amy Campbell and Sharin Joty, did a great job representing the department today! Congrats once again on their win, and thanks to the OKstate Faculty Council for Gender Equity for supporting their projects.


Next on our awards list is Parker Perry (of Keyes, OK), another Thomas Kielhorn Public Service Scholarship winner! Parker is a junior studying Political Science and Biology with minors in Spanish and Law and Legal Studies. She is involved with President's Leadership Council, the Wishes for Water Foundation, and Living Dreams International Foundation. She is lso a member of CAS Student Council and the OSU Dance Company competitive team. She also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Town and Gown Community Theatre, and the Humane Society.


Congrats to senior Amy Campbell and MA student Sharin Joty for winning a FCGE research award! You can attend the event and hear about their research tomorrow at the FCGE awards ceremony.


Next in our award winner line-up is junior Kylie Hammack, winner of the 2024 Thomas Kielhord Public Service Scholarship!
Her bio:
One of the finalists (and institutional nominee) for the Truman Scholarship in 2024, Kylie Hammack is a junior majoring in political science and economics with minors in French and intelligence and security analysis. On campus, Kylie is heavily involved in academic research, the student-run non-profit Wishes for Water, Economics Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and French Club.


It's OKstate Award Season right now, so it's time to announce our annual award winners! We're starting with our department's Outstanding Senior for 2024, Amy Campbell!
Her bio:
This year’s Outstanding Senior, Amy Campbell, is the current Treasurer of Pi Sigma Alpha and was a 2023-24 Wentz Undergraduate Research Scholar. Amy serves as the Internal Affairs Chair of the Student Government Association, is a member of the OSU Harm Reduction Association, and she is the founder of the Slavic Cultures Club. Amy will be graduating in December.

Photos from Department of Political Science, Oklahoma State University's post 04/17/2024

Our students did a fantastic job presenting their research today at the Undergraduate Research Symposium!
To list their names and project titles:
Amy Campbell - Deploying Feminism at the UN: Do More Gender Equal Missions Better Protect Civilian Populations?
Madalene Gomez - Democratic Radicalism: How Intragroup Leader Selection Processes Affect Terrorism
Maria Lopez - An Analysis of Hong Kong's Legislative Council
Lindsey Smith - Navigating Inclusion: Assessing LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support and Resources at Oklahoma State University in a Politically Conservative Landscape


Due to the International Studies Assoc AND Midwest Pol Sci Conference being this week, we're pushing our next Politics & Pastries event back to Wed, April 10! Come hear Dr. Harvey talk about the newest developments in the War in Ukraine.


Hope everyone had a good spring break! Now that we are back, it also means we're hosting another CFR Zoom webinar this week. Join us on Wednesday at noon in the conference room to hear the VERY prestigious guest speaker talk about Authoritarianism!

OSU student named 2024 Truman Scholarship finalist - Oklahoma State University 03/04/2024

Congrats to junior Kylie Hammack, who has been named a Truman Scholarship finalist. Keep your fingers crossed for her - she'll be going on to the final stage of the interviews next week!

OSU student named 2024 Truman Scholarship finalist - Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University junior Kylie Hammack has been selected as a 2024 Harry S. Truman Scholarship finalist for the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States.  


The next P&P event is tomorrow in the SSH parlor! Dr. McKee will be talking about the "weird and historic nature" of the 2024 US election.


We have another CFR webinar this week! Join us in 227 SSH to watch this talk from a pretty eclectic scholar who has published on many topics, including how renewable energy can promote US security and power.


Any upperclassmen women who are interested in public service and/or elected office? You should check this opportunity out!

Photos from Department of Political Science, Oklahoma State University's post 02/20/2024

Congrats to junior Amy Campbell, who was in DC this past weekend for the Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society Annual Conference! She was on a panel, presenting her Wentz research project "Deploying Feminism at the UN."

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