The UC Davis Department of Political Science:

  • takes pride in a strongly collaborative environment integrating faculty, graduate students and undergraduates
  • achieves prominent national rankings
  • has faculty who conduct cutting-edge research
  • offers three undergraduate majors: Political Science, Political Science – Public Service, and International Relations

In the current context of a long-overdue increase in awareness about racial inequality in our communities we are writing to affirm the support of the Political Science faculty, staff, and graduate students for our Black students, staff, and faculty colleagues. We oppose racism or discrimination of any sort, personal or systemic. As a department we are committed to upholding the UC Davis Principles of Community. We fully support Chancellor May's message to the campus in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. We have taken inspiration in the Chancellor's message that higher education can be a beacon for progress.

We are committed to reflecting upon how we can be more inclusive, equitable, and just. And towards those goals we will continue our efforts to increase the diversity of our faculty and course offerings, assess and encourage an increase in the presence of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) scholarship in our curriculum, consider how existing policies (e.g., course evaluations) might adversely affect BIPOC colleagues, and enhance our efforts to make Political Science a welcoming place for BIPOC students. We look forward to listening and learning about how we can improve and expand upon these steps.

Erik Engstrom, Chair


Following UC Davis campus COVID protocols, all instruction for Summer Session 2021 will be remote.  In-person instruction will return for Fall Quarter 2021.  The department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions until further notice.  At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our administrative staff contact page for further information.

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