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Department of Political Science

Student Spotlight


You might think it’s a long way from getting a bachelor’s degree in political science to becoming the head of a major hospital – and you’d be right. But diligence, talent and a strong academic background have helped Roland Cruickshank ’94 mold his career into a steady succession of advances in healthcare administration. Now, he’s the new president of University Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. See more of Roland's story at The College Today.

Message from the Chair

Gibbs Knotts

Gibbs Knotts, Department Chair (on sabbatical through December, 2018)
Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Whether you are interested in American campaigns and elections or international human rights, global climate change or criminal justice, foreign policy or urban planning, Chinese politics or the politics of Africa, intelligence gathering or health policy, local community groups or international development agencies, the Department of Political Science has the courses and extracurricular programming for you. The faculty and staff in our department are committed to your success, both as a student in Charleston and for your life after college.  Our department has a large and distinguished alumni network and you can see some of their profiles featured in The College Today below. Read more

Alumni Profiles

Caroline Kenny C'15 - CNN Politics Digital Producer
Michelle Bloom C'13 - White House Intern
Jackson Ewing C'03 - Director of Asian Sustainability
Nicholas Glover C'05 - Business Expansion Leader
Caroline Horres C'12 - Political Risk Analyst
Michael Huberman C'10 - Development Coordinator for ESPN Films
Anna Meacham C'07 - Director of PR at J.McLaughlin
Matthew McClellan C'08 - Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
Hugh McDermott C'11 - Scheduler for First Lady Michelle Obama
Lauren Swing C'11 - Congressional Deputy Chief of Staff
Katie Tumbleston C'08 - CEO & Founder of NannyPod
Jasmine Twitty C'10 - Associate Judge

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Alumni Spotlight with Johnnie Baxley
Posted on 20 April 2018 | 10:45 am
Johnnie Baxley C’92 is a partner at Willson, Jones, Carter & Baxley, P.A. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Political Science, Baxley attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. He currently lives and practices law in the Charleston area and is active on several boards of the College. […]
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Water Expert Gives Convocation of Majors Speech
Posted on 5 April 2018 | 12:10 pm
On March 29th, the Political Science Department hosted Dr. Peter Gleick, founder of the Pacific Institute for the Spring 2018 Convocation of Majors. Approximately 200 students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The President of the Political Science Club, Mary Boyd Barefoot, gave opening remarks, followed by Department Chair Dr. Gibbs Knotts. Dr. John […]
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