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Bearing Society in Mind: Theories and Politics of the Social Formation

Political and economic models of society often operate at a level of abstraction so high that the connections between them, and their links to culture, are beyond reach. Bearing Society in Mindchallenges these disciplinary boundaries and proposes an alternative framework—the social formation. The theory of social formation demonstrates how the fabric of society is made […]


The Worth of War

Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg makes a convincing case that war selects for and promotes certain features of societies that are […]


The Power of Memory in Democratic Politics

George Orwell famously argued that those who control the past control the future, and those who control the present control the past. In this study of the relationship between democracy and memory, P. J. Brendese examines Orwell’s insight, revealing how political power affects what is available to be remembered, who is allowed to recall the […]


The Lessons of Rancière

“Liberal democracy” is the name given to a regime that much of the world lives in or aspires to, and both liberal and deliberative theorists focus much of their intellectual energy on working to reshape and perfect this regime. But what if “liberal democracy” were a contradiction in terms? Taking up Jacques Rancière’s polemical claim […]


Political Science Major’s Research Featured in Arts & Sciences Magazine

Political science major Talene Bilazarian’s research evaluates the effectiveness of a counter-extremism initiative in the U.K. that engages with Muslim women to serve as partners in identifying radicalism. Click to read about it in Arts & Sciences Magazine.


Learning From History

Steven Teles

Prof. Steven Teles’ class, Policy Errors, Mistakes and Disasters: Learning from Failure, is featured in Arts & Sciences Magazine.


Political Science Major Named Fulbright Scholar

Bayly Winder, a senior majoring in political science, received a Fulbright grant to Kuwait to study the diwaniyya, intellectual forums. Through visits to a variety of diwaniyyas and interviews with mostly college-aged Kuwaitis, he will research the ways in which this central sociocultural institution is evolving in light of social media and globalization. Winder, who […]


American Government: Power and Purpose

Based on the Full Edition of American Government: Power and Purpose but with a simpler framework, the Brief 13th Edition includes new content on how race, gender, and group identity intersect with political behavior and institutions. Additionally, leading scholars have contributed new “Analyzing the Evidence” features that engage students with the questions and methods that […]


Food and the City

Professor Adam Sheingate’s Baltimore Food System Research class is featured in Arts & Sciences Magazine. The summer course began as an outgrowth of Sheingate’s tremendously popular Food Politics class (70–75 students are often on the waiting list for one of 15 coveted seats). Click to read the article.


The Value of Violence

Though violence is commonly deplored, political scientist Ginsberg argues that in many ways it is indispensable, unavoidable, and valuable. Ginsberg sees violence manifested in society in many ways. “Law-preserving violence” (using Walter Benjamin’s phrase) is the chief means by which society preserves social order. Behind the security of a stable society are the blunt instruments […]