Ph.D. in
Political Science

Shauna Gillooly, '21

    Shauna Gillooly, '21 political science Ph.D., studies peacebuilding and transitional justice processes in Colombia following the country’s 54-year long civil war. She's currently a Leading Edge Fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies.



Department of Political Science A programmatic powerhouse. Full financial aid and funding. A lens-worthy location. The reasons students choose the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences for their graduate pursuits are many.

Ranked #21 among all public political science programs in the country (U.S. News & World Report), the UCI graduate program in political science offers students six years of guaranteed funding.

UCI political science faculty publish regularly in top academic journals, and graduate students have ample opportunities to publish alongside them. Faculty and graduate students consistently present research at conferences, universities, and before governmental entities across the globe. Their expert advice is sought by journalists in the national media, lawyers, and policy makers. Members of the faculty have received national and international awards and testified before Congress to impact policy.

And if that wasn't enough, the UCI campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach, is the #1 university doing the most for the American dream (New York Times College Access Index), the #1 best value university (Forbes), and the #9 ranked public university in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report).

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university committed to economic diversity and upward mobility
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best college in the nation
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public university in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report



best public political science program in the U.S.
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 A top-ranked program with research strengths in American and comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. 




what makes us



Student walking on aldrich park

     UCI's campus is beautiful, with Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden with more than 11,000 trees, at its center. The campus is also less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and beaches.

UCI political scientists explore changing notions of citizenship, strategies aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, impacts of redistricting and voter mobilization on elections and public policy, and contested notions of democracy.

Students select a primary field from among American politics, comparative politics, international relations, or political theory. They select a secondary field from these or from a more specialized area. Examples of secondary fields include critical theory; democracy studies; ethics; methodology and modeling; political economy; political psychology; public law; and race, ethnicity and politics, among others. Faculty actively mentor doctoral students and encourage them to become productive, publishing scholars before completing their graduate studies.

Students have an opportunity to earn a master's degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D., and are encouraged to enroll in interdisciplinary coursework.

Alumni have entered tenure-track positions at top research universities, highly competitive post-doctoral positions, and research-oriented jobs in both the public and private sectors.



So what are you waiting for?


If full funding, opportunities to publish, and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you're looking for in a graduate program, contact us today to learn more about UCI political science.

Department Chair

Simone Chambers

Graduate Program Director

Marek Kaminski

Graduate Admissions Director

Robert Uriu

Graduate Advisor

Jennifer Gerson


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