Skip to main content
header1 header2 header3 header4 header4 header4 header4

Welcome to the Political Science Department at York University - a vibrant community of educators, scholars, practitioners, activists, and engaged citizens. With our large faculty (50 full time members) leading at many frontiers of research, we offer Political Science with the kind of depth and breadth that few departments in the world can match. Our graduates have a very distinctive presence in politics and government, international organizations, law, media, academia, and in the private sector.

Our faculty members appear very frequently in public fora and the media to contribute to key debates of the day.  We have an enviable international reputation for excellence in critical, engaged scholarship.  As we live through the dramatic changes today's youth is bringing about - from Tahrir Square to Wall Street - our department is even more committed to offering our students the skills they need to succeed in this fast-changing and complex world. Click here to read more about us 

study help centre


Why Political Science is the Best Path to Law School

A panel discussion with:

  • Lorne Sossin, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School;
  • Parisa Nikfarjam, a graduate of York Political Science and Osgoode Hall Law School;
  • Jacqueline Krikorian, Associate Professor, Political Science

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

Date: Tuesday February 2nd
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Room 2027, Ignat Kaneff Bldg (Osgoode Hall Law School)


  • York Political Science students "Emerging Voices on Asia".The perspectives of York students on Canadian ties to a rapidly changing Asia have recently been published on the "Emerging Voices on Asia" blog of the National Conversation on Asia. The blog posts by Jennifer Mendoza, Matt Summers, and Kirubel Abebe offer analysis on the environmental impact of the consumption of Southeast Asian palm oil by Canadian consumers, the economic and and political implications for Canada of China's rise, and Canada's security role in Asia. The blog posts are based on assignments done in the York University political science course, Asia in the New Global Order (POLS 4595). An initiative of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the National Conversation on Asia aims at encouraging Canadians to think about and discuss developments in Asia and their implications for Canadians.
  • Presentations from Learn about the Global Politics program and Careers in Political Science (Feb 24) are now available for download.

  • New book by Professors Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin: The Making of Global Capitalism argues that 'globalisation' has not diminished the power of states and neither are we witnessing a decline in US power and a return to inter-state rivalry.

    On the contrary, Panitch and Gindin argue, the unique power and capacities of the US state have been essential to constituting and managing a truly global capitalist system, and to the extent that other states participate in this system, they remain firmly under US hegemony. Read more

  • First Year students: Wondering how to do well in your first university course? Here is some advice from faculty who will teach you in the first year


  Political Science in the News


For more news please click here.


  Department News


Professor Heather MacRae furthers European Studies at York after receiving world-renowned award


Prof. Robert Latham and Prof. Leah Vosko (along with Geography faculty member Valerie Preston) launch new book called Liberating Temporariness? Migration, Work, and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity. It explores the complex ways in  which temporariness is being institutionalized as a condition of life for a growing  number of people worldwide


Isabella Bakker Prof.Bakker elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Prof. Whitworth named Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecturer for 2012/13 at Memorial University, Newfoundland

Prof. Breaugh named to the prestigious Academic Leaders Program, Technological University of Monterrey, Querétaro, Mexico

Prof. Agathangeolu co-edits publication on 21st century revolutions and the Arab Spring (click here for access)



waitlist form

Professor Ananya Mukherjee-Reed Video - on TVO The Agenda Professor Rodney Loeppky -  Road to the White House Professor David McNally Video - on TVO The Agenda Polictial Science Career Cafe -- Presentations -- click to download