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Department of Political Science

Message from the Chair

Gibbs Knotts

Gibbs Knotts, Department Chair
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

Michelle Bloom C'13 - White House Intern
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
Lauren Swing C'11 - Congressional Deputy Chief of Staff


Karyn Amira Joins Political Science Department
Posted on 21 August 2015 | 12:09 pm
Karyn Amira earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stony Brook University in 2015. She also holds an M.A. from Stony Brook University and a B.A. in Political Science from Union College. Her research interests are in American Politics and Political Psychology with specializations in ideology, public opinion, media influence, political behavior and experimental methodology. […]
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Dr. John Creed Receives Distinguished Advising Award
Posted on 4 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
On April 28th, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Brian McGee presented Dr. John Creed with the 2014-2015 Distinguished Advising Award. The College-wide Distinguished Advising Award honors those faculty members and academic staff who have demonstrated a sustained dedication to students in the area of academic advising. Dr. Gibbs Knotts, Chair […]
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