Call for Applications, Kent State University’s Unique MA/PhD in Political Science with a concentration in Conflict Analysis and Management

Call for Applications, Kent State University’s Unique MA/PhD in Political Science with a concentration in Conflict Analysis and Management

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Application Deadline: January 31st, 2019

Where better to study peace and conflict than at Kent State University?

Students in Kent State’s Political Science Ph.D./MA specialize in two of three tracks: Conflict Analysis and Management; Transnational and Comparative Politics; and American Politics and Policy.

The conflict analysis track is offered in cooperation with the faculty of Kent State’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies. The School’s predecessor, the Center for Peaceful Change, was established in 1971 as a living memorial to the Kent State students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the US war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.   

Kent State’s unique Political Science graduate program produces critical thinking about how political structures and systems impact marginalization and voice, and about how civilian organizations use their political agency for change.

But there is even more to recommend Kent State: a value added approach to doctoral study!

Students selecting the Conflict Analysis and Management track receive significant value added as they receive a doctorate in the more established discipline of Political Science, while their specialization in Conflict Analysis and Management also makes them attractive candidates for placements in the burgeoning field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Most graduate students work as teaching fellows, assisting faculty in their classroom instruction and teaching their own undergraduate courses. Financial support is available to students in the form of competitively-based tuition waivers or graduate assistantships. Graduate students also engage in applied research in areas communities, like this project with immigrant communities in Akron.

Individual Attention

With a carefully controlled admissions policy and award-winning faculty members, we offer close student-teacher interaction. Seminars are limited in size with enrollments of 6-10 students. Faculty members also supervise individual research courses that permit students to investigate specialized research topics on a one-to-one basis.

Research Oriented Training

The program is designed to prepare students to engage in teaching and research at universities and colleges, or to conduct policy research at top public and private research organizations. From the first year onward, students may become involved in collaborative research with faculty that often generates conference papers, journal publications and book chapters. Most students also present and/or publish single-authored work during their time at Kent State.

Faculty Excellence

Our faculty excel in teaching, research, and community service. Many of our faculty members have been recognized for their teaching excellence by winning University-wide teaching awards. Research productivity is evidenced by the dozens of books produced by faculty and the numerous articles published in influential political science and peace and conflict studies journals.


For more information see the program website at: https://www.kent.edu/polisci/phd-political-science. Or, contact Professor Julie Mazzei, Graduate Coordinator Department of Political Science 302 Bowman Hall Kent State University Kent, Ohio 44242-0001 330.672.2060 e-mail: [email protected]

Online Applications

The deadline for priority consideration is January 31st. We make decisions on a rolling basis thereafter. Admission information and directions for online applications are available here: https://www.kent.edu/polisci/information-applicants

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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