From the Department

  • Dr. Patrick Haney, Chair

    Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Prospective students will find information about majors and what you might study as a Political Science student at Miami University. Current students will find information about your professors, office hours, major and minor requirements, internships, fellowships, jobs, and upcoming current events. Alumni will find information about what other alumni are doing and learn how you might be able to Make a Difference. We are very proud of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni. Please look around and you will understand why.

The Latest from POL

  • March 23-27


    Spring Break

  • Mock Trial Winners!

    POSTED 2/23: The Oxford Regional saw the Miami varsity team sweep through the competition with a 7-0-1 record with the only road bump being a tie against Indiana in the last round with the second ballot being a clear win for Miami. That record was more than enough to secure first place ahead of Ohio State, Kentucky, Indiana, Notre Dame, and Cincinnati. It is Miami’s 17th consecutive first-place finish at a regional qualifying tournament. Coached by business legal studies professors Lawrence Hilton and Gus Lazares, the team also brought home two individual awards: John Spear, third year chemistry and business double major, grabbed an all-regional attorney award while his teammate Najeeb Ahmed, third year Political Science major, grabbed an all-regional witness award.

    The real surprise of the competition was Miami’s “white” squad. Coached by fifth year senior and mock trial All-American attorney Alex Block, the six-person (smallest team one can have and still compete), first year team took sixth place with a 5-2-1 record, sweeping Notre Dame in the first round, tying and losing only by 2 to a veteran Ohio State squad which would finish second in the tournament, splitting the two ballots with the top Xavier team, and then sweeping the University of Cincinnati in the final round to secure their stellar finish. But, this squad was not done! Political Science major Chase Shelton brought home an all-regional witness award while his teammate Austin Worrell, also a Political Science major, not only won an all-region attorney award but was the highest ranked attorney of the tournament receiving six #1 rankings and two #2 ranking on all eight ballots.

  • Dr. Russo recognized by OTA

    Dr. Philip Russo was recognized at the Ohio Township Association's 2015 Annual Conference for 20 years of service to Ohio townships. Pictured with him is OTA President Tom Willsey and Miami students l to r: Andrew Geisler, Jordan Lewis, Aubrey Hale, Brittany Utz, and Kurt Hodges.

    Russo Award

  • David Koschik

    POL alum making a difference

    Koschik Shows Gratitude for His Miami Foundation through Scholarship.

    Read more here...

  • Lisa Schrader '94

    Lisa Schrader '94, Chief of Staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, provides Inside Chicago students with tour and behind the scenes look of City Hall during Winter Term 2015. POL major Lance Greenberg is seated immediately to Lisa's right.

    Inside Chicago

  • Dr. Steven DeLue's Last Lecture

    After a 31 year career at Miami University, Dr. Steven DeLue gave his last lecture on Friday, December 5, 2014. Thank you Dr. DeLue for a wonderful career.

    Click here to read his last lecture.

    Hazelton, DeLue, Russo


Upcoming Speakers

  • O'Hara Lecture in Law and Politics

    Tuesday, March 31 at 7PM in 128 Pearson Hall 

    OHara Lecture

  • Constituting "The People": Law & Legacies of Slavery

    April 1 at 4PM in ASC

    Annette Gordon-Reed

  • Veritas Lecture - Apr 6

    Dr. James Piereson, President, William E. Simon Foundation and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow

News for Students

  • OCCD Public Service Scholarship

    This scholarship fund in honor of Gary Locke and William Graves. Both of these men were dedicated to public service and to the continual growth of the community and economic development profession. In their honor, OCCD established the scholarship fund to help students interested in serving the public in the areas of public policy, planning, or finance.

    Eligibility for the scholarship includes:

    • A full-time student in the third or fourth year of a bachelor’s program or in a graduate program that prepares students for careers in public service

    • Fields of study include public administration, planning, or public finance

    • Applicant must be a resident of Ohio attending an accredited public university in Ohio

    Information on the qualifications for the scholarship and how to apply can be found at OCCD’s website: The deadline for filing an application is May 15, 2015. Awards will be made on July 29, 2015 at OCCD’s Summer Meeting held in Columbus, Ohio.

    If you have questions, feel free to contact me at or 614.224.8446. 

  • John Glenn School of Public Affairs


    Glenn Flyer

  • POL Summer Courses

    Registration is now open for summer classes. POL is offering a number of classes both in Oxford and online.

    Checkout the courselist and enroll now.

    Summer Courses

  • Business Smarts for Liberal Arts: Etiquette and Networking

    April 16, 4-7PM: Social and dining etiquette (table manners) play a key role in today’s business world. You will use these skills in everything from interviews and business meetings, to networking events and office parties. Confidence in these skills can go a long way and will set you apart from your competition, helping you secure a job and advancing in your career. The evening begins with an interactive program designed to teach the finer points of dining etiquette, as well as tips for interviewing over dinner and other social situations. The dinner is hosted by a professional trainer/presenter, and is a fun, non-threatening way to practice using business etiquette skills while enjoying a 3-course meal! Business attire is required.

    Register here

    Download a flyer (PDF)

  • Elliott School's Summer 2015 program

    U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era: Washington, D.C. and the World. Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals invited to apply.

    Session One: June 1-12
    Session Two: July 6-17



  • Internship Application now ONLINE

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships


  • Republican Party of Cuyahoga County Internship

    As an RPCC intern, you will be involved in various elements of the political process at the local, state, and federal levels. This involvement includes contributing to and participating in Party operations, working with elected officials and candidates, and performing occasional clerical duties. By the end of your internship, you will have learned, developed, and reinforced many skills and abilities that are critical to a career in local government and/or politics.

    The RPCC internship is unpaid. You will receive a letter a recommendation from the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County upon successful completion of the internship. Students who are completing an internship for course credit are also welcome. For more information or questions, please contact Julie Kirk at 216-621-5417 or You can also visit our website at

    Download an application (PDF)

  • International Parliamentary Scholarships

    POSTED 2/27/15: The German Bundestag collaborates with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to run its International Parliamentary Scholarships scheme. This gives well qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government.

    Visit their website for more information

  • Greater Cleveland RTA - Management Development Program Intern

    The 10 week MDP Summer Internship places interns in various GCRTA Departments.

    Download information (PDF)

    Visit the RTA website

  • Pew Internships

    POSTED 2/17/15: Looking for a summer internship. The Pew Research Center offers several. Check them out if you are interested.

    Summer Internship - American Politics

    Summer Internship - Religion and World Affairs

  • Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

    POSTED 2/12: DEADLINE MARCH 17, We are looking for students passionate about service for our Summer 2015 Philanthropy & Voluntary Service program in Washington, DC. Our comprehensive program includes academic credit, a guaranteed internship placement and fully furnished housing in the heart of Washington, DC. The final application deadline March 17. More information on our programs may be found at Please contact me with any questions. Contact Jesse Schaefer at or 202.986.0384.

  • SENIORS...Kettering Opportunity

    POSTED 2/3: The Charles F. Kettering Foundation seeks full-time research assistants at its headquarters in Dayton, OH. Appointment is for one year, starting in Summer with the possibility of renewal. Research Assistants receive excellent full-time compensation and benefits including medical insurance. Interested applicants will need to submit a vitae, a letter of interest, a writing sample, and 2-3 letters of recommendation. Information can be submitted by email ( We will begin reviewing applications March 15. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. For more information about the Kettering Foundation...

    visit their website

  • City of Hamilton, Post-Graduate Fellowships

    POSTED 1/31: Deadline to apply is April 17. Visit the City of Hamilton website for more information and to apply for the fellowship.

    Information and Application

  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

    ONGOING: Summer application deadline is 4/01/15. Rep. Wenstrup’s is looking for spring interns in his Cincinnati office.

    Visit his Internship Application website to apply.

  • Congressman David Joyce Internships

    POSTED 1/11/15: Congressman David Joyce, from Northeast Ohio, is currently in the process of hiring 4-5 full time interns for the Summer 2015. We are looking for Juniors and Seniors, but if Sophomores are interested we’d be happy to consider them for the position. Please contact Ken Callahan to apply.

    Kenneth Callahan
    Congressman David P. Joyce
    Ohio’s Fourteenth District
    1124 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
    Office: (202) 225-5731
  • Paid Research Apprenticeships

    ONGOING: You are invited to participate in the Humanities Center’s new Research Apprenticeship Program. You can now apply to work as a paid Research Apprenticeship on a real research project conducted by a member of the humanities faculty at Miami University. The goal of this program is to foster faculty-student collaborations that give students valuable experience assisting on a real research projects. Please go to Research Apprenticeship Opportunities to see a list of current openings and instructions on how to apply. There are currently openings on a number of exciting projects. You can read more about the Research Apprenticeships Program and other undergraduate research opportunities by going to the Humanities Center website and highlighting the UNDERGRADUATE menu item. Tim Melley, Professor of English and Director of the Miami University Humanities Center
  • Center for American Progress-Communications Internship

    ONGOING: American Progress’s Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting American Progress’s experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’s policy priorities the attention they deserve.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • The Borgen Project

    ONGOING: The Borgen Project, a national campaign focused on alleviating poverty in developing nations. Through securing support from congressional leaders, we hope to pass bills and mobilize citizens to become more knowledgeable and active on development and foreign aid policies. We've got internship and volunteer opportunities opening in our Seattle office and nationwide.

    Seattle Internships

    Telecommute Internships

    Volunteer Opportunities

  • Summer Internship w/Mayor Cranley

    POSTED 9/22/14: Now accepting applications for summer internships with Mayor John Cranley's office in Cincinnati. If interested, send current resume and writing sample to

    Download more information. (PDF 227KB)

  • Cornerstone

    ONGOING: The Cornerstone Government Affairs intern program provides a unique opportunity for selected candidates to gain irreplaceable experience at the heart of Capitol Hill. Our intern program offers first-hand exposure to the people and processes of Congress and Washington, DC. Interested candidates should apply directly to Cornerstone’s Intern Coordinator, Madeleine Cantrel at An application includes a cover letter and resume.

    The email’s subject line should read: Full Name – Internship Application

    Download with more info and deadlines. (PDF 53KB)

  • Ohio Republicans

    Ohio Republican Party Internships  

    more information