Diversity Statement & Resources

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Stanford’s Department of Political Science is committed to advancing knowledge about politics, 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, 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 races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, physical abilities, religions, national origins, citizenship status, party affiliations, and past professions. 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 2021–22 is composed of Saad Gulzar, Daniel Ho, David Laitin, and Beatriz Magaloni.

Disciplinary Diversity and Inclusion Programs


Graduate Application Resources

Current PhD students in Stanford’s Political Science department are organizing a Pathways to PhD program to foster inclusion and belonging in political science academia. There will be virtual information sessions on October 18 and 19 as well as a mentorship program for those applying to a PhD program in the current cycle. Anyone with an interest in Political Science PhD programs is welcome. Please see here for additional information and to apply.


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