WelcomeEvan Head

From the Office of the Department Head…

Hello and welcome back to our Political Science students, faculty and staff!  While the Fall 2015 semester has begun, the forecast still indicates summer temperatures in Chicago!  That is good news.

More good news: in spite of the politics of budget delays and budget cuts, our university student enrollment numbers continue to grow.  Political Science undergraduate and graduate students have more than forty courses to choose from this Fall as they pursue degrees for the major or minor.  The study of Political Science is exciting and relevant to the lives of our students, and our courses this semester are especially interesting because they are informed by major events that we read about in the media every day. In domestic politics, the 2016 presidential campaign is heating up as the primary elections draw close.

In addition to course work, our students make time for student organizations, internships, study abroad, student employment and much more.  Our alumni choose careers that include employment with government agencies; working for interest groups and research organizations; joining the corporate world in marketing, public relations, journalism, and other specialties; and taking positions on the staffs of elected and appointed political officials.  Many of our students go on to law school and have successful careers practicing law.

As faculty, it is our goal to enhance the student experience inside and outside the classroom.  All of us are active scholars who publish books and articles in our specialties, and we also love to teach and spend time with our students.  We make opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students to engage side-by-side in faculty research, using a variety of methods and new technologies.

Wishing you a successful semester,

Professor Evan C. McKenzie



Faculty Focus: Yue Zhang

Professor Yue Zhang has been appointed a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 2015-2016.  With this prestigious fellowship, she is spending the academic year at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.  During her tenure at the Wilson Center, Professor Zhang will continue working on her book project about informal housing and urban governance in China, India, and Brazil.  Professor Zhang’s primary research and teaching interest is comparative urban politics and policy, with a focus on urban governance, urbanization in developing countries, historic preservation, and globalization.  The experience at the Wilson Center will facilitate the fulfillment of her long-term research goals, thus enhance her teaching and research at UIC.  Professor Zhang expects to bring to her students more enriched visions about urbanization and global cities upon the completion of her fellowship in Washington.


Special Reports

Rahm Emanuel's Rubber Stamp City Council: Chicago City Council Report #7, June 8, 2011-November 15, 2014 - Release Date: December 8, 2014

The Cook County Board in the Preckwinkle Era: Cook County Board of Commissioners Report, December 16, 2012 - April 16, 2014


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  • Student of the Week: Brian Geiger

    by Stephanie Whitaker | Sep 27, 2015

    Brian Geiger
    Brian Geiger
    – Expected graduation:  May, 2016

    Brian is an Honors College student double majoring in Political Science and Criminology, Law & Justice.   He came to UIC as a transfer student and says his UIC experience has been both challenging and rewarding. Brian contributes one of his most rewarding experiences on campus as being a part of the UIC Undergraduate Student Government (USG).  He says, “Being a part of USG gave me the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group to make USG and campus information more transparent and accessible to other students.”  Brian also believes that, “finding faculty mentors within the departments and supportive resources on campus like The CHANCE Program and TRiO” played a huge part in his success at UIC.

    Brian spends time outside of the classroom working on housing issues and anti-violence initiatives in the community.  He is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, (CLC) Inc.  As a fellow, he helps to coordinate the community anti-violence restoration endeavor (CARE) collaborative. He is also a co-coordinator for the transform neighborhoods project.  Brian mentioned that, “This project was listed in the Chicago Tribune as “one of the 12 new ways to heal a city” and consist of people who are at least 18 years or older living in an innovation house.  The transform neighborhoods project is modeled as a modern day Jane Addams Hull House.”

    Brian is currently studying for the LSAT exam, but says his future aspirations “may include both graduate school and Law School to become a Civil Rights Attorney.”

    (Click here to view all current and former students of the week.)