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The study of political decision-making and the solutions required to address world issues.

Studying political science at DePauw opens minds and opens doors. Students seek to understand the world and prepare for careers in which they serve, advise, inform and lead. They become problem solvers and analytical writers; policy makers and political advisers; diplomats and researchers and leaders the world needs.

Awards & Internships


  • Rhodes Scholarship, for study at the University of Oxford
  • Truman Scholarship, a graduate fellowship for students pursuing public service careers
  • Fulbright Scholar Program of the U.S. Department of State
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, academic honor society
  • Davies-Jackson Scholarship, for first-generation college students to attend the University of Cambridge
  • Critical Language Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
  • American Political Science Association student membership award
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society
  • Walker Cup, presented to a senior who has done the most for DePauw
  • Grants from the J. William Asher and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Social Sciences at DePauw
  • Grants from the Vaky Fund in Inter-American Relations at DePauw


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Presidential Election Campaigns, Indiana House of Representatives, Law firms in Chicago, New York and Indianapolis.


Luka Ignac ’20

Luka Ignac ’20, who hails from Croatia, was a staple on the dean’s list who presented at a number of prestigious conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative University and the European Student Conference at Yale University. DePauw awarded him the Vaky Award in Inter-American Relations and the Bunche Award for outstanding junior in political science. Luka interned at the Janet Prindle Institute of Ethics at DePauw; he studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium, where he worked on a project funded by the European Research Council about eroding democracies.

Career & Graduate


Law, Public policy, Journalism, Foreign service and diplomacy, Legislative staff, Policy analyst, Political campaigns Advertising/marketing/sales Consulting, Survey research


Harvard Law School and Harvard University, Yale Law School, Georgetown University, London School of Economics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Victoria Houghtalen ’18

Victoria Houghtalen ’18 graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude and went to work for a congressional campaign in Iowa. It was a logical move for the DePauw graduate, who majored in political science, served as a media fellow and won the Bunche Award for the outstanding junior in political science and the Sellett Award for outstanding senior. Victoria served a summer internship on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. She was the subject of a ruling by the Federal Election Commission, which found that the $3,000 stipend DePauw paid her for the internship was a bona fide educational expense and not an improper campaign contribution.


Salil Benegal, Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Interested in correcting information about climate change and the impact of partisanship in an experimental setting.

Smita A. Rahman, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Her book, “Time, Memory, and the Politics of Contingency,” published in 2015, examines the role of time and memory in our understanding of contemporary politics.

Deepa Prakash, Ph.D., Syracuse University. Interested in international security, political violence and terrorism studies. Has written book chapters and edited “Qualitative Methods in International Relations: A Pluralist Guide.”

Clarissa Peterson, Ph.D., Emory University. Received the 2016 Anna Julian Cooper Teacher of the Year award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Co-wrote a chapter for the 2017 book “How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape.”

Sunil K. Sahu, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Interested in South Asian politics; international political economy; religion and politics; democracy; political ideologies; and international terrorism. Author of 1998 book on technology transfer and of more than a dozen articles.

Bruce Stinebrickner, Ph.D., Yale University. Interested in children-related public policy; state and local government; and the American political system. Co-wrote “Modern Political Analysis,” in its sixth edition. Edited numerous editions of political science and American government texts.

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