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Department of Political Science

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“Homelessness is a complex and thorny problem.” Those were the initial words of an editorial published in Charleston’s Post and Courier this spring. The editors might have added that, for Charleston, homelessness is also somewhat perplexing: How is it that a city so seemingly wealthy, whose citizens are obsessed with their residences, cannot find solutions for accommodating its neediest residents? That’s exactly what political science and philosophy double major Kirk McSwain ’16 was investigating in his bachelor’s essay. Read more of this article featured in the Summer Issue of the College of Charleston magazine.

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
Hugh McDermott C'11 - Scheduler for First Lady Michelle Obama
Lauren Swing C'11 - Congressional Deputy Chief of Staff
Jasmine Twitty C'10 - Associate Judge


Political Science Department Launches Career Cafe Series on September 9
Posted on 22 August 2016 | 4:09 pm
On September 9, the Department of Political Science will host the first luncheon of the Career Cafe Series. Local political science alumni will speak about how they navigated the transition from college to the professional world and how majoring in political science has helped their careers. A Career Center staff member will also talk about […]
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Alumni Spotlight with Dr. Jackson Ewing
Posted on 29 March 2016 | 6:01 pm
Jackson Ewing graduated from the College of Charleston as a political science major in 2003. He earned his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in International Relations at Bond University in Australia. Dr. Ewing specializes in environmental policy and is currently the Director of Asian Sustainability for the Asia Society Policy Institute, a Fellow for the S. […]
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