The range of faculty research reflects the extraordinary diversity of the field of political science. In American politics, the faculty have achieved national recognition for research on agenda setting, policy processes, participation, public law, media and political communications, race and ethnic politics. The comparative politics faculty specialize in topics such as labor-management relations, political party formation and behavior, regional integration, judicial institutions and religion. The international relations group has established two clusters of strength: international political economy and international security. The political theory faculty have primary strengths in feminist theory, American political thought, critical theory, critical race theory, democratic theory, and theories of human rights.
National Research Council: UW Political Science PhD program is highly ranked.