The MIT Political Science Department is dedicated to conducting research on and teaching about the world's great challenges, be they globalization and economic uncertainty, immigration and inclusion, security threats, energy dependence and environmental degradation, poverty, or the polarization of electorates.
At MIT Political Science, we see in these challenges the opportunity to conduct innovative, high-impact research. We believe that the strongest theoretical models emerge through observations in the field. From voting booths in the U.S. to the villages of Afghanistan to the factory floors of China, our goal is to advance the dialogue of political science by comparing empirical phenomena with scholarly insights into how societies work. In the process, we are developing alternative uses for existing methodologies and inventing new ones.