Political Science Research Scholar Fellowship
The Department of Political Science at Florida State University is pleased to announce fellowships for doctoral study to be awarded to up to four students with strong research interests in any of the department’s major fields, and who plan to begin their studies in fall 2011. Each fellowship provides the following:
- $3000 per year in addition to the normal nine-month graduate assistant stipend,
- a non-duty research fellowship year immediately following completion of comprehensive exams, and
- $2,000 to be used for research or developmental training during the 2 – 5th years in the program.
The application deadline for full consideration is January 15th, 2011. All students accepted to the PhD program with an offer of funding will be considered for this fellowship. Final selection is based on a review of application materials and a campus interview during one of the spring recruitment weekends.
Megan Shannon to Join the Faculty in Fall 2011
Megan Shannon received a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2005. Her research explores how countries manage and peacefully settle disputes, as well as the influence of international organizations on conflict and conflict management. Her recent publications include 2010 articles in the Journal of Politics and International Studies Quarterly. She has also published work on political methodology in the American Journal of Political Science. She teaches classes on international organization, international conflict, and political methodology.
Sponsored by CSDP, the Collins Institute, and Village Square, this forum will feature former F lorida Governor Bob Martinez (R) and Representative Ron Saunders (D); Allison DeFoor, Collins Institute chair will serve as moderator. The forum will take place Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the FSU Law School Rotunda.
Research Mini-conference: Leadership in Political and Economic Life
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democratic Performance and the Department of Political Science, the conference will take place on Friday, February 4, 2011in the DeVoe Moore Center in the Bellamy Bldg. nvited participants include Torun Dewan (LSE), Eric Dickson (NYU), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia), and Margaret Levi (University of Washington).
Center for the Study of Democratic Performance
The Department has recently established the Center for the Study of Democratic Performance to promote research on how democratic institutions and processes affect voting, representation, policy making, and similar issues. The goal of the Center is to assess the extent to which the practice of democracy, through its impact on these issues, conforms to democratic ideals. To accomplish this end, the CSDP provides research support for Center faculty and graduate students, research assistantships to exceptional undergraduate students, sponsors lectures and conferences, and maintains a working paper series on its web site.
Our Department is a Top Ranked Political Science Program
Simon Hix at the London School of Economics and Political Science recently published a world-wide ranking of political science departments in the Political Studies Review. Based on publications in 63 political science journals, the ranking incorporates the quantity of publications, journal prestige and size of the department faculty. Over the five year period from 1998 to 2002 (the most recent data available), the Department of Political Science at Florida State ranks 9th among American public universities, 17th among all US universities (public and private) and 24th in the world.
Our Department is Top Ranked in Placing Ph.D. Students in Academic Positions
FSU's department has been ranked 22nd among all U.S. universities and 8th among public universities based on the success of its Ph.D. graduates in the academic job market. The study by Schmidt and Chingos was published in the July 2007 issue of PS, Political Science & Politics. The rankings looked at the overall percentage of new Ph.D.s who hold tenure-track positions in political science as well as the influence of the universities where they were employed.