November 13, 2018

Research by Alejandro Trelles referenced in the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage"
Karim Elkady (PhD '15) is awarded the Smith Richardson Strategy and Policy Fellowship

November 2, 2018

This fellowship will support his current book project, Alliances that Matter: Why America Succeeds in Rebuilding States after Military Intervention.
WE ARE HIRING: Full-time tenure-track position at the assistant professor level

July 19, 2018

The Department of Politics at Brandeis University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in American Politics. The successful candidate’s term will begin in the Fall of 2019. 

We seek applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on American Politics, open as to subfield. We are especially interested in candidates working on campaigns and elections, state and local politics, or public policy, particularly as these areas intersect with race, ethnicity, and gender. 

We prefer candidates who will have a Ph.D. in Political Science in hand by August of 2019. Candidates should show evidence of teaching and research excellence to qualify for consideration. The course load is 2/2, and candidates will have the opportunity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests that includes potential course offerings, a chapter or article length writing sample, and three letters of reference. Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty scholarship, teaching, and service. Applicants are encouraged to address these goals in their cover letter or in their teaching and research statement. These materials can be submitted electronically at: First consideration will be given to applications received by October 1, 2018.  Questions about the position can be directed to: Jill Greenlee ( and Daniel Kryder (, Co-Chairs, Search Committee on American Politics. 

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants for all employment positions. We value and are seeking candidates that represent a variety of social identities, including those what have been underrepresented in higher education. Diversity in its student body, staff and faculty is important to Brandeis’ primary mission. The search committee is therefore particularly interested in candidates who, through their creative endeavors, teaching and/or service experiences, will increase Brandeis’ reputation for academic excellence and better prepare its students to participate within a pluralistic society.

June 8, 2017

Catherine Worsnop ('16) has published "Provoking Barriers: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak and Unintended Consequences of WHO’s Power to Declare a Public Health Emergency" in a special issue of the journal Global Health Governance titled "Reform of the World Health Organization"

January 20, 2017

In an interview with GSAS, Ryan LaRochelle analyzes President Trump's Inauguration speech.

January 18, 2017

Writing in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, Ryan LaRochelle explains why the GOP-led efforts to turn Medicaid into a block grant could result in funding reductions and program atrophy.

January 8, 2017

Jeffrey G. Karam (PhD '16) publishes article, "Missing Revolution: The American Intelligence Failure in Iraq, 1958," in the journal Intelligence and National Security

This article asks the question, "Why were American officials caught by surprise with the military coup and later revolution in Iraq on 14 July 1958?" And argues, drawing on American intelligence and diplomatic records as well as multilingual sources, that the US intelligence failure is the product of two factors: the collection of information from too few and too similar human sources of intelligence in Iraq’s ruling regime, and the unreceptivity of US officials to assessing new information and their unwillingness to update assessments of local Iraqi developments. It revisits America’s intelligence failure in Iraq and suggests important lessons for the study of intelligence.

Jeffrey Karam is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, and a Lecturer as the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University.

December 14, 2016

Ellie Driscoll '16 received the Doris Brewer Cohen Award in Justice and Public Life for her senior thesis in politics titled, "Locked Out: How a Criminal Record Restricts Employment Opportunities for African-Americans." 

Ellie's thesis was selected from among nominations received from all of the Social Sciences departments and includes a monetary prize of $2,500.  This campus-wide award is highly prestigious and the politics department, along with her thesis committee (her adviser Professor Dan Kryder, Professor Kerry Chase, and Interim President Lisa Lynch) congratulates Ellie for this well-deserved honor!  
Ryan LaRochelle receives Experiential Teaching and Learning grant

November 16, 2016

Ryan LaRochelle (Visiting Lecturer in Politics) has received an Experiential Learning and Teaching grant to integrate an exit poll assignment in his fall 2016 course: POL105a – Elections in America.  The assignment requires students to write a set of clearly-worded survey questions, devise a sampling strategy informed by the scholarship on survey research, collect responses at precincts in Waltham on Election Day, and analyze and present the results of their poll in class.  The grant, provided by the Experiential Learning and Teaching office at Brandeis, will help pay for student transportation to the polls as well as materials and supplies necessary to complete the assignment.

October 17, 2016

Professor Marty Levin's original paintings are on display as part of the JustArts Faculty/Staff exhibition.  The exhibition, located in the Dreitzer Gallery inside the Spingold Theater ran through November 13, 2016.   A review and slideshow can be found in the BrandeisNow article.

September 30, 2016

Professor Jill Greenlee and co-authors Grace Deason and Carrie Langer wrote the chapter, "The Impact of Motherhood and Maternal Messages on Political Candidates" which appears in the edited volume, The Political Psychology of Women in U.S. Politics. (Routledge). 

September 29, 2016

Adam Smith has a terrific piece entitled, "'Getting things done': It's overrated," in the September 29, 2016 issue of Times Higher Education.

Kerry Chase presents paper at the Annual APSA Conference

September 1, 2016

Professor Kerry Chase presented a paper at the annual American Political Science Association (ASPA) conference held in Philadelphia on September 1-4, 2016.  An abstract to the paper titled, "Globalized Entertainment and Trade Conflicts in the World Trade Organization," is below:

Conflicts over trade and culture are among the oldest and most contentious in the trading system.  Although these conflicts have not ceased, several states in the Doha Round of World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations have grown more open to placing entertainment and culture under binding trade rules.  "Globalized Entertainment and Trade Conflicts in the WTO" analyzes changes in the positions states have taken on this issue in the past 25 years and proposes an explanation for these political shifts -- lower entry barriers into entertainment production and resultant export growth in certain countries in the digital age.