Department of Political Science and International Relations

The Department of Political Science and International Relations was founded in 2011 with just 3 faculty members growing to its current strength of 15 full-time faculty. The faculty serve 22 graduate students and more than 150 undergraduate majors, while also teaching students from across the School of Social Science and Humanities and the University.

Our Department is committed to dynamic growth, which is evident in the highly productive faculty with diverse rich interests, world-class learning opportunities at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and a highly active student life. Our Department enjoys a strategic partnership with the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This partnership facilitates faculty and student exchanges between the two universities, enhances research opportunities, and assures delivery of excellent political science education. Our first cohort of students graduated in June 2015 and our graduate majors have gone on to PhD programs in the US, MA programs in the UK, and South Korea, and employment in Kazakhstan. Our first cohort of graduate students graduated in 2016.

Our faculty members are active researchers and we recently launched our own political science seminar (the PSIR Forum) that provides opportunities for faculty and graduate students to present work in progress. The department works closely with the School of Humanities and Social Science to provide research opportunities for undergraduate students, including sponsoring undergraduate research presentations, and helping to fund conference travel for undergraduate and graduate students.

PSIR undergraduate students are active across the university. Undergraduate political science students run a very active student club which organizes seminars on research and current events on a regular basis throughout the school year.

We invite you to learn more about our Department by navigating this website. If you have questions about the Department or about Astana, please feel free to contact us.

Jean-François Caron

Acting Chair