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 Month: Ruben Bautista

    by John Johnson | Oct 09, 2015

    Ruben Bautista
    Ruben Bautista
    – Expected graduation:  May 2016

    Ruben recently returned from studying abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  As a student at the LSE he had the chance to take two courses: Development Economics 307 and Law 203—International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. Ruben says, “Four years ago I would have not seen myself capable of accomplishing these goals. Coming from a first generation immigrant family, I often found myself having to explain to my parents why I had to spend so much time on campus.”

    Now a graduating senior, Ruben says that, “staff members in LARES (Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services) and UIC’s Faculty have been incredibly supportive of his educational endeavors.   As a soon to be UIC Alumni, I would encourage undergraduate students to get involved and make their time at UIC much more than just going to classes. I will also like to let them know that there are a lot of people on campus who are more than willing to help us achieve our goals.”

    After graduation, Ruben plans to pursue a one-year international Master’s program or take part in a fellowship program.  Ultimately, he will be heading to law school.

    Click here to view previous students of the month.