Department of Political Science

A Kent State University study, commissioned by WKYC-TV (the NBC affiliate in Cleveland owned by TEGNA), found that 58 percent of registered voters would support allowing adults in Ohio to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The results are plus-or-minus 4 percent and offer a glimpse into what Ohio voters are weighing with...

Four Kent State University professors in the College of Arts and Sciences are working together to organize a forum series called Safe Spaces, designed to immerse students in discussions with faculty, staff and the public on important national and global issues.  The first event in the Safe Spaces series, “Are You Entertained Yet? The Politics...

As Cleveland prepared to host the first presidential debate, two Kent State University professors weighed in on the candidate’s messaging. Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of doctoral education in the School of Communication Studies highlighted the roles traditional and social media play to push out a candidate’s message. Mark...

Image of Michael Guastella, When Michael Guastella was selected to participate in Kent State University’s Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues, he was excited and honored to be a part of the exclusive internship program.  He never expected that the experience he gained would lead to a full-time position as a constituent aide in Ohio Governor John Kasich’s office...

Sarah Hider, a Kent State graduate student and the reigning Miss Ohio, poses outside of the Schwartz Center on the Kent Campus. Sarah Hider, a Kent State University graduate student from Wooster, Ohio, has been crowned Miss Ohio 2015 after competing at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio, on June 20. Hider is the second Kent State student in the past two years to win the title. Heather Wells, a Kent State broadcast journalism graduate, won the competition in 2013. ...

Lisa Hager, a Kent State political science doctoral student, has been selected as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. What is the best way to truly understand the inner workings of the U.S. Congress? Not through watching the news or reading a textbook. Washington, D.C., insiders will tell you that you need to actually be on “the inside” and get firsthand experience, with access to closed-door meetings.  Lisa Hager, a political science doctoral student in the...

Lisa Hager, a Kent State political science doctoral student, has been selected as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Kent State’s Joshua Stacher and Case Western Reserve’s Pete Moore to accept award The Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES) will receive the Education Award at the Niagara Peace and Dialogue Awards ceremony on May 18 at the City Club of Cleveland.  Accepting the award for NOCMES will be co-directors Josh Stacher, Ph.D.,...

Lisa Hager, a Kent State political science doctoral student, has been selected as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Lisa Hager’s research focuses on the actions and reactions of Congress and the Supreme Court What is the best way to truly understand the inner workings of the U.S. Congress? Not through watching the news or reading a textbook. Washington, D.C., insiders will tell you that you need to actually be on “the inside” and get firsthand experience,...

College of Arts & Sciences

Lisa Hager, a Kent State political science doctoral student, has been selected as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration has slowly changed the way Soviet history is taught in Russia, according to Todd Nelson, Ph.D., a recent Kent State University political science doctoral graduate.  In his recent article, published in Post-Soviet Affairs, Nelson examines how the Putin administration has emphasized Stalin's...

Kent State University’s Washington Program in National Issues is a full 15-week academic program offered each spring semester for 15 credit hours. A select group of juniors and seniors from various academic disciplines study the U.S. political process and national and international policy issues firsthand in the most dynamic and stimulating...