Political Science: a deeper understanding of politics

Looking forward into fall 2024

Dr. James Fahey

Please join us in welcoming Dr. James Fahey to the Department of Political Science at the University of Memphis in Fall 2024 as an Assistant Professor! Dr. Fahey holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MA and a PhD from the University of Florida. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida. Dr. Fahey’s research focuses on the effects of populism, nativism and misinformation in the United States and Western Europe.

Dr. Brooke Shannon

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Brooke Shannon will join the Department of Political Science at the University of Memphis in Fall 2024 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Shannon holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Denver, an MA from the University of Memphis, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh since Fall 2022. Shannon’s research focuses on urban politics and public policy, local institutions, policy agendas, and political development.

Emmy-nominated documentary film producer, Wellman, joins Political Science Department

Dr. Elizabeth Iams Wellman

Dr. Elizabeth Iams Wellman recently joined the University of Memphis as an assistant professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science. Wellman does research exploring how international migration is reshaping electoral politics and citizenship, particularly in the Global South. Prior to Memphis, Wellman was a assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Williams College and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University.   Learn more about her research.

Department Kudos and AwardsDepartment of Political Science Awards, Highlights, Publications and more: The department is proud to have exceptional faculty who are recognized for their outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and/or service to students, university, community and the world. Visit the awards page on our site to view a list of achievements, honors and awards.  

An Overview

As an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science can provide you with the intellectual tools necessary to understand various topics within the political arena, preparing you for a career in business, government, law, or a variety of other jobs that require an understanding of the political world.

For those already with an undergraduate degree, our M.A. program offers a more-advanced educational experience, providing students with the skills to be either professional political scientists or to seek career paths that place a premium on research skills.

Our website contains information about our programs, our faculty, our alumni, and some of the opportunities offered by a specialization in Political Science. If you need more information, or want to schedule an appointment to meet with someone about beginning studies in political science, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or by phone at 901.678.2395.