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Diversity Statement & Resources

Stanford’s Department of Political Science is committed to advancing knowledge about politics, researching and teaching about the political world, and training the next generation of social scientists. Guided by that commitment, the department strives to foster an inclusive community where undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, faculty, instructors and staff from diverse backgrounds can bring new perspectives, subject any biases and preconceived ideas to rigorous scientific assessment, and use the very best standards of evidence to answer questions and to improve our understanding of politics. We are committed to recruiting and supporting colleagues from all backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. We are also committed to ensuring that our research, teaching, and service are attentive to the ways in which some perspectives and approaches have been favored at the expense of others. 

The department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee meets regularly to ensure that our practices align with our department’s values.  The departmental DEI committee for 2023–24 is composed of Avidit Acharya and Beatriz Magaloni.

Disciplinary Diversity and Inclusion Programs


Graduate Application Resources


Opportunities for Graduate Student Involvement


Stanford Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment (IDEAL)


Stanford Centers & Organizations


Stanford Graduate Funding Opportunities


Stanford Mentoring Groups


Stanford Resources for Small Grants and Research Support