ABOUT  |  Political science at MIT

Engaging with the world.

We are committed to making a positive difference in the world. Faculty members and graduate students use their knowledge to help shape policy and practice. Our recent efforts include work with:

  • American National Election Study
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • EU Electoral Observation Missions
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • National Asia Research Program
  • National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
  • National Research Council
  • National Security Council
  • Pew Center on the States

For more than half a century, we have been educating outstanding young political scientists who pursue distinguished careers in academia, international affairs, policy, and politics. Our graduates are sought after for teaching and research positions at leading political science departments in the U.S. and abroad, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, Duke, Chicago, Cornell, Tsinghua University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, and Oxford.

MIT Political Science has graduated many of the country's leading political scientists. Representing a diverse range of interests and approaches, MIT Political Science graduates include:

  • Robert Bates—Harvard University
  • Gary Herrigel—University of Chicago
  • Victoria Hattam—The New School for Social Research
  • AnnaLee Saxenian—University of California, Berkeley
  • Steven Wilkinson—Yale University
  • Ashutosh Varshney—Brown University
  • Archon Fung—Harvard Kennedy School
  • Henry Brady—University of California, Berkeley
  • Russell Hardin—New York University