About POIR

We are a community of scholars who study American politics; comparative politics; international relations; and research methods.

Departmental faculty employ a variety of methodological approaches to examine fundamental issues of power, representation, law, social change, political institutions, and political participation. Many of our faculty are affiliated with research centers and interdisciplinary programs on campus.

Our students benefit from unique academic, research, and internships opportunities including the award-winning Trial Advocacy Program, and a variety of programs on current affairs though the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future. Outstanding undergraduate students interested in pursuing original research under faculty supervision can participate in the department Honors Program.