Department of
Political Science

Together, we inspect and explore

In the Department of Political Science, together we discover, protect, advocate, and understand. From learning abroad to advocating at home, from environmental justice to state politics, our students and faculty expand their boundaries to better understand the challenges and opportunities for cultures and countries.

Winter 2020

The Health, Strength, and Vitality of a Democracy

Can a democracy be healthy or unhealthy? Political science professors weigh in on how democracies are created and the work required to maintain them. 

Winter 2019/Spring 2020

The Legislative Internship: A Tale of Two Vans, a Tale of Connection

Though CSU’s Legislative Internship program began in 1974, John Straayer took over in 1980, driving one of two 12-passenger vans to the state capital every Tuesday and Thursday. More than 1,100 students have gone through the internship program, each student getting the unique opportunity to work directly with a legislator or lobbyist.

Spring 2019

Recognizing and reporting signs of terrorism can help prevent attacks

Technology has played a large role in the growth of terrorism through recruitment of terrorists worldwide or through cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. Jordan Clark (’11) trains people to recognize warning signs of possible terrorist or criminal acts on social media and in other settings through the Community Awareness Program at the CELL in Denver, Colo.

How We Do Data in the City of Kansas City

Eric Roche (B.A. ’11) has a C-level job at a city that many people have never heard of: Chief Data Officer. Roche’s job is to uncover data that is valuable in decision making, and empower the city’s staff and leadership to make quick, data-informed decisions resulting in employees that are more efficient at their jobs and residents get better services delivered.

Changing Lives Through Law

Political Science alumnus, Bill Leone (’78), came to CSU for the debate program and has built a career in law, including civil trial attorney, federal prosecutor, and United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. He received the Career Distinction in Law Award from his peers in Feb. 2019.

Winter 2018

Working toward water resource sustainability

Jake Adler, political science graduate, is at a fellowship with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education at the EPA’s Office of Water working on issues of resource recovery, water monitoring, innovation, and reuse. Adler’s team’s research and work focuses on the whole water cycle and follows the One Water concept, thinking more broadly about the entire water cycle, in a collaborative manner, to work toward water resource sustainability.