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Speaker Series

The Department hosts several faculty-sponsored and graduate student-run workshop speaker series based around the program subfields. Stay up-to-date on all of our Department's events by checking our calendar.

Faculty-Led Workshops

These events bring in speakers to probe current discussions within the field. 

The Department also hosts a number of speaker series and annual meetings where students and faculty come together to learn about cutting edge research.


Graduate Student-Led WorkING GRoups

These working groups are geared to our current graduate students to present among each other as way to provide support, feedback and professional development. 

American Politics Graduate Workshop

The American Politics Graduate Workshop allows students with an interest in American politics to present their work, at any stage, to their fellow graduate students. Graduate students can use this space to practice for an upcoming conference presentation, brainstorm ideas for the research paper requirement, present some interesting findings from their dissertation, or a number of other things. The workshop meets twice a quarter and two students typically present at each meeting. For more information, contact the graduate student coordinator Warren Snead.

International Relations Graduate Student Working Group

The International Relations Student Working Group (IRSWG) offers graduate students the opportunity to present work-in-progress to their peers outside of the classroom setting and receive constructive feedback. IRSWG meets multiple times a quarter, and welcomes presentations from various stages of the graduate career, from conference papers to dissertation proposals to dissertation chapter drafts. Papers are circulated in advance, briefly presented by the author, then commented on by a discussant before the conversation is opened up to all participants. For more information, contact the graduate student coordinator Owen Brown.

Political Theory Graduate Student Workshop

The Political Theory Graduate Workshop provides a forum for graduate students and faculty members to share ideas in a formal setting outside of the course work portion of the PhD program. Founded and organized by graduate students in the Department of Political Science, the Political Theory Working Group hosts a series of meetings throughout the academic year. Graduate students and faculty members from Northwestern and other institutions are invited to present work in all forms and modes of political theory. Each presentation forms the basis of a response from a chosen discussant and is then the subject of an open discussion. For more information, contact the graduate student coordinators Tim Charlebois and Usdin Martínez