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The Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research studies politics in creative and inventive ways.  We emphasize the theoretical dimension of political analysis in both political explanation and normative evaluation. As an engaged, inclusive, and scholarly community in New York City, faculty and students explore historical and contemporary political constellations with rigor and enthusiasm.

While studying at the Department of Politics, you will engage with a wide range of political theories and specific disciplines. Both faculty members and students help rethink the field’s understanding of how institutions shape political life, the intersection of political and cultural processes, and the classical and current conceptions of political economy.

]The Department of Politics curriculum represents four major fields of study: political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and global politics. Faculty and students pursue projects across fields, in courses that reflect the main areas of research in contemporary and historical context, including:

  • Democracies in theory and practice
  • Political thought and its history
  • Political economy and capitalism
  • Mobility and migration
  • The Anthropocene and political ecology
  • Laws, rights, and constitutions

Program highlights

  • 30-credit MA, 60-credit PhD.
  • Study the relations and manifestations of power in contexts ranging from the family to the transnational environment, paying close attention to historical and contemporary movements.
  • Recent courses include Biopolitics; Conceptions of Democracy; and Privatization and Commodification.

Why the New School?

The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as a home for progressive thinkers, and housed the University in Exile in 1933, providing an academic haven for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The school became the foundation for a comprehensive university – The New School – and continues the legacy of critical thought, civic engagement, and academic freedom today.

All graduate programs at The New School for Social research can be completed full-time or part-time on our New York City campus. Competitive merit-based scholarships are available in all departments -- in recent years, 85% of master’s students have received merit scholarships at The New School for Social Research.


Visit the Politics page on the The New School website for more details!

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