Political Science at UB

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Claude Welch and students.

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science Claude Welch and students

The UB Department of Political Science is a tight-knit, research-oriented and collegial community. We offer both undergraduate and graduate students the exceptional opportunity to work closely with world-class faculty and gain hands-on experience in a globally significant discipline. 

Our Research

The award-winning Political Science faculty boast extensive records of producing high-impact, theoretically and methodologically rigorous research. In recent years, our faculty have authored or co-authored over 20 books while publishing many more edited, text or reference books, book chapters and articles in scholarly journals.

Of their more than 250 published articles, nearly 100 have appeared in journals ranked among the top 25 in the discipline, such as: American Political Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; Journal of Politics; World Politics; British Journal of Political Science; Comparative Politics; Comparative Political Studies; Political Research Quarterly; Political Science Quarterly; Public Opinion Quarterly; Journal of Conflict Resolution; International Studies Quarterly; Legislative Studies Quarterly; and American Politics Research.

Student Testimonials

"My UBPSC experience gave me the versatility and skills to be ready for an opportunity I never anticipated. And as I work today with a world-class team of researchers, consulting with communities on some of their most pressing challenges, I’m ever grateful for my campus experience at UB." – Joe Stefko, BA, MA, PhD in Political Science

Our Faculty

  • 9/17/18
    Scholarly Interests: Public law; judicial politics; constitutional law; computational text analysis; quantitative methods
  • 9/20/18
    Scholarly Interests: American politics; Congress; political parties; elections
  • 9/17/18
    Scholarly Interests: Political communication; election administration; religion and politics; political behavior; political parties
  • 4/12/19
    Scholarly Interests: International relations theory; conflict processes; interstate crisis, escalation and war; alliance dynamics; game theory
  • 9/20/18
    Scholarly Interests: International relations theory; international conflict; strategic bargaining; domestic institutions; foreign policy; quantitative research methods in international relations
  • 4/16/19
    Scholarly Interests: Public law (constitutional law, civil liberties, judicial politics); public policy (policy making, implementation, civil rights, housing); American politics (presidency, courts, urban and ethnic politics); politics and history (presidency; bureaucracy; congress; interest groups).
  • 9/17/18
    Scholarly Interests: International political economy; international institutions; environmental politics
  • 9/17/18
    Scholarly Interests: Legislative politics; state politics; formal modeling; quantitative methods
  • 9/17/18
    Scholarly Interests: American macropolitics; political polarization; campaigns and elections; voting behavior; American political parties; election forecasting; public opinion; empirical democratic theory; political participation; presidential politics; electoral systems
  • 9/21/18
    Scholarly Interests: Voting rights and representation; Constitutional law; campaigns and elections
  • 9/17/18
    Scholarly Interests: International relations; conflict processes; international organizations; international trade and cooperation; social movements; ethnic conflict; econometrics
  • 3/29/19
    Scholarly Interests: Comparative political behavior; voting and elections; econometrics; political sophistication and public opinion; research methods; international political economy; comparative political economy; public choice; game theory
  • 9/17/18
    Scholarly Interests: Civil war processes; political violence; United Nations peacekeeping
  • 9/18/18
    Scholarly Interests: Political and electoral geography; Canadian politics; Canadian-American relations; comparative political parties and groups; West European politics