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Spring 2023 registration will open on Monday, November 7th, 2022! New Political Science courses will also be available for Fall 2023!

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!

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"

Spring 2023 registration will open on Monday, November 7th, 2022! New Political Science courses will also be available for Fall 2023!