Welcome to the POIR program website. The Political Science and International Relations (POIR) Program is a community of young and not-so-young scholars committed to inspiring and supporting doctoral studies in political science and international relations. In an increasingly globalized world where local politics is closely connected to world affairs, and global governance can directly affect our daily lives, can you find a better subject to focus your energy and passion on than politics and international relations?


We live in an exciting time where the world is closely connected and policies are hotly debated.  The Political Science and International Relations (POIR) PhD program is a community where we engage the aspiring scholars to become inspirational and well-trained academics and professionals who contribute to our understanding of the economic, political and societal dynamics that surround us.  Our goal is to produce scholars, researchers and educators for the challenges of the world of the 21st century.  We emphasize theoretical and methodological training of an outstanding array of graduate students so that they can produce original research in their field of specialization and possess the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required of the contemporary scholar.

University of Southern California is located in the heart of Los Angeles, where the people, cultures and businesses of the Pacific Rim all meet, and the POIR Program provides an exciting setting for such discipline.  I hope you join us in our exciting journey.

Saori N. Katada
Director, POIR Program



  • Veri Chavarin
  • 3518 Trousdale Pkwy
  • VKC 327
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089