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Fall 2023 registration will open on Monday, April 10th, 2023! New Political Science courses will also be available for Spring 2024!

The political science department organizes a variety of events throughout the year, including workshops, lectures, debates, and forums. Please check back regularly to see what exciting events will be coming up next!

Spring 2023 Murphy/CIPR Series

January 26, 2 PM: LBC, Room 202 - Race, Rights, and Rifles: The Historical Origins of the NRA and White Americans’ Obsession with Guns. Prof. Alexandra Filindra (Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago)

February 9, 2 PM: Norman Mayer, Room 118 - "Gender and Party Leadership Change." Prof. Andrea Aldrich (Department of Political Science, Yale University)

March 2, 2 PM: Jones Hall, Room 100A - Contemporary State Building: Elite Taxation and Public Safety in Latin America. Prof. Gustavo Flores-Macías (Department of Government, Cornell University)

March 9, 2 PM: Jones Hall, Room 100A - “Electoral Campaigns and Co-Partisan Discrimination.” Prof. Patricio Cuhna Silva (Department of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago)

March 21, 3:30 PM: Norman Mayer, Room 101 - Making Autocracy Worse: How Putin's War in Ukraine Has Heightened Repression at Home. Prof. Kathryn Stoner (Department of Political Science, Stanford University)

March 28, 2 PM: Norman Mayer, Room 118 - Topic TBA. Prof. Angela Durand Martinez (U Mass. Lowell)

April 20, 2 PM: Norman Mayer, Room 118 - Corrupt State or Corrupt Society? Strategic Contexts of Corruption and Political Culture Outcomes. Prof. Calvert Jones (Associate Professor, University of Maryland)

April 27, 2 PM: Norman Mayer, Room 118 - Topic TBA. Prof. Johanna Dunaway 

Fall 2022 Events

September 8, 2PM: Gibson Hall, Room 414 - Please join us Thursday, September 8 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM for the first of the fall semester’s seminar series. Our first speaker will be Prof. Anna Gunderson, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University; her talk will be entitled: Captive Market: Accountability and State Prison Privatization.

October 11, 3PM: Dinwiddie Hall, Room 102 - Please join us Tuesday, October 11 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM for the second of the fall semester’s seminar series. Our next speaker will be Scott MacMillan; his talk will be about his new book about the organization BRAC.

October 25, 12:30PM: Richardson Building, Room 106 - Please join us Tuesday, October 25 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM as the Political Science Department and the Altman Program in International Studies and Business are proud to co-sponsor Carbon Captured: How Business and Labor Control Global Climate Policymaking, presented by Professor Matto Mildenberger, University of California at Santa Barbara.

October 27, 2PM: Gibson Hall, Room 310 - Please join us Thursday, October 27 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM for the third of the fall semester’s seminar series. Our next speaker will be Justin de Benedictis-Kassner, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

November 1, 6PM: Rogers Memorial Chapel - Please join us Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for guest speaker, Award-winning investigative journalist Katherine Stewart speaks on the "Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism."

Fall 2022 CIPR Series

Challenges and Opportunities for Democracy in Latin America - Monday, September 19th, 2022 - 12:00PM - Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall - The Politics of Extraction: Territorial Rights, Participatory Institutions, and Conflict in Latin America by Dr. Maiah Jokowski, Northern Arizona University.

Spring 2022 Events

February 18, 3 PM: Dinwiddie Hall, Room 108 - Please join us this Friday, February 18 at 3:00 PM for the first of the spring semester’s Friday Seminar series. Ph.D. Candidate Lucia Kovacikova will present a portion of her dissertation project. Or if you cannot make it in person, connect via Zoom

February 18, 10 AM-5 PM: Women and Politics Workshop Day 1, held at the Small Center.  Hosted by Prof. Mirya Holman and the Newcomb Institute.

February 19, 10 AM-5 PM: Women and Politics Workshop Day 2, held at the Newcomb Institute.  Hosted by Prof. Mirya Holman and the Newcomb Institute.

March 10, 11, & 12: Tulane's uptown campus will be hosting the New Orleans Book Festival.  Visit for more information.

March 10, 7:30 PM-9 PM: A New Russian Empire?: A Panel Discussion from five perspectives on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Zoom link provided upon registration at

March 14, 12 PM-1:30 PM: Dr. Daniel Hidalgo, Massachussetts Institute of Technology; When Representation Fails: The Long Effects of Authoritarian Purges on Political Careers in Brazil.  Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall, or via Zoom

April 8, 2 PM: Dr. Henry Lovat, Professor of International Law & Politics, University of Glasgow.  Title: Life after the WTO Appellate Body: Rethinking Global Trade Governance; Location: 201 Hebert Hall.

April 18, 12 PM-1 PM: CIPR Current Events Workshop - Prof. Mauro Porto, Tulane University; Trends & Scenarios for the October elections in Brazil; Location: LBC 210 (McKeever Conference Room)

April 22, 3 PM: Dr. Maria Repnikova, Assistant Professor in Global Communication, Georga State University.  Title: China’s Soft Power Initiatives: Evolving Debates and Practice; Location: 201 Hebert Hall.

Fall 2021 Events

Spring 2021 Department Seminars

January 22, 3 PM: Ezra Spira-Cohen, Ph.D. Candidate, Tulane University. Title: Improving State Territorial Reach: The Effects of Contemporary Land Tenure Reforms in Brazil. 
January 28, 6 PM: Gary Hoover, Director, Murphy Institute and Professor of Economics, Tulane University. Bio. Anti-Racism and Economics.
February 5, 3 PM: Sharan Grewal, William & Mary, Title: Islam and Electoral Politics (cosponsored with MENA). 
February 26, 3 PM: Menaka Philips, Tulane University, Title: The Revolutionary, the Aristocrat, and the Company Man: Three Thinkers on Empire. 
March 5, 3 PM: Julia Hellwege, University of South Dakota, Title: Going the Extra Mile: Surrogate Activities of State Legislators. 
March 19, 3 PM: Carrie Wickham, Emory University, Title: What Went Wrong? Why Egypt's Democratic Experiment Fell Apart (cosponsored with MENA). 
April 2, 3 PM: Tanushree Goyal, Academy Scholar, Harvard University, Title: Local Female Representation as a Pathway to Power: A Natural Experiment in India. 

Fall 2020 Department Seminars

September 18, 3 PM: Ruth Carlitz. Title: The Politics of COVID-19 Containment: Lessons from South Africa and Tanzania. 
October 6, 2:50-4:10 PM: Tess Wise (Political Science, Amherst). Title: Personal Bankruptcy and Race: When the Public-Private Welfare State is Predatory; co-sponsored by the Center for Law and the Economy. 
October 16, 3 PM: Mitchell Sellers. Title: Ordering a Fair Vote? How Governors and Executive Orders Influence Elections across the States
November 13, 3 PM: Drew Kinney. Title: Coup Taboo: The Politics of Anti-Coup Norms in Turkey (2016) and Egypt (2013). 

Citizens and Politics: The Changing Nature of Parties, Participation, and Linkages Fall 2020 Seminar Series (Sponsored by CIPR)
September 25, 2 PM: Professor Michael Touchton (University of Miami). Title: Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil. 
October 23, 2 PM: Professor Ernesto Calvo (University of Maryland). Title: Partisanship and Perceptions of COVID-19 Risk in Latin America.
November 13, 2 PM: Professor Jennifer Cyr (University of Arizona). Title: Negative Political Identities in Latin America: Understanding the "Anti" Movements of the 21st Century. Tulane University Libraries' Faculty Author Spotlight Live Q&A Panel Schedule

Summer 2020

  • June 3, 2:00 PM Tulane Innovation Series Webinar Webinar banner
    Disrupted: How COVID-19 will change schools and the 2020 election
    Tulane School of Liberal Arts Dean Brian Edwards will host a discussion with Douglas Harris, a national expert in public education, and political scientist Mirya Holman about how COVID-19 may transform schools across the country and how the nation picks the next president.
    Tulane Innovation is a webinar series showcasing the university's renowned researchers, experts, and scholars who are seeking solutions to today's greatest challenges.
  • July 7, 2:30 PM Career Advice Webinar
    How to Apply to Postdocs in Political Science, Public Policy, and Law

    Prof. Ruth Carlitz will be part of a panel for a forthcoming Career Advice Webinar: How to Apply to Postdocs in Political Science, Public Policy, and Law on July 7, 2020, at 03:30 PM ET (2:30 PM CT).

Spring 2020 Speaking Events

  • February 7, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall) - José Cheibub, Mary Thomas Marshall Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M - "Dynamic Party System Fragmentation: Why Is the Brazilian Party System Becoming More Fragmented?"
  • March 6, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Norman Mayer Room 101 - Milan Svolik, Professor of Political Science at Yale University - “Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the United States”
  • Adam Dean, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at George Washington University - Date/Time TBD
  • Henry Lovat, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow, School of Law, University of Glasgow - Date/Time TBD
  • Thea Riofrancos, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College - "Resource Radicals From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador" - Date/Time TBD
  • Steven Stedman, Secretary General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University - Date/Time TBD
  • Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago - Date/Time TBD.

Fall 2019 Speaking Events

  • September 20, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall) - Dara Strolovitch, Princeton University - "When Bad Things Happen to Privileged People: Race, Gender, & The Political Construction of Crisis and Non-Crisis"
  • September 26, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the LBC, Suite 218 - Michael Cohen, The Boston Globe - "Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why that Matters to Americans"
  • September 30, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Gibson Hall, Room 310 - Shauna Gillooly, University of California-Irvine - "A Woman's Place is at the Negotiating Table: Gender and Negotiations Peace Negotiations in Columbia"
  • November 8, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall) - Dan McDowell, Syracuse University - "Bucking the Buck: Are Financial Sanctions Undermining the Dollar"
  • November 14, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Rogers Memorial Chapel - Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation - "America's Love-Hate Relationship with The Bomb: U.S. Nuclear Policy in the 21st Century"
  • November 22, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall) - James Stewart, University of British Colombia - "Reincarnating Article 2(4): The Pillage Paradigm"
  • December 6, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall) - Yonatan Lupu, George Washington University - "Targeting and Public Opinion: An Experimental Analysis in Ukraine"

Fall 2023 registration will open on Monday, April 10th, 2023! New Political Science courses will also be available for Spring 2024!