Political Science



Eric Wedig


Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Social Sciences

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 865-5644

Librarian Email


Book Chair

Mark Vail

Dept Chair

Nancy Maveety

Program Description

General political science, American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory constitute the work and mission of the political science department. Each teaching field explores political phenomena across a range of geographic, cultural, and temporal settings. Undergraduates are the major focus of departmental teaching, although the M. A. and Ph. D. degrees are also offered. A combination J. D./M. A. degree is possible. Nineteen faculty and eight adjunct faculty are employed by the department. The political science department participates in the following interdepartmental programs: American Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Italian Studies, Russian Studies, Women's Studies, Medieval Studies, Environmental Studies, the Murphy Institute of Political Economy.

Subject Resource Guide


Emphasis is on the collection of general, popular, and scholarly works covering general political science, American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Collection in these areas includes a commitment to the governmental aspects of the interdepartmental programs in which the department participates.


Monographs, monograph series, specialized reference works, bibliographies, and serials are collected. Textbooks, non-Tulane dissertations, and audio-visuals are purchased selectively on request.


Journals, monographs, monographic series, proceedings, and reference works are generally purchased as printed text. To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print journals may be canceled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively. Other formats are considered, especially when the alternative format would improve access or utility.


English and limited numbers of Spanish, French, German and Italian titles are acquired.

Chronological Period

Emphasis is placed on the contemporary world and to a lesser extent the early 20th century.

Imprint Date

Emphasis is placed on items published during the last three years. Older materials are selectively purchased. Out-of-print materials are sought generally to replace lost materials considered essential to the collection or upon faculty request.

Geographical Considerations

The collections of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library support the educational and research programs of Tulane University. Librarians employ the following general criteria when evaluating titles to be added or removed from the collections and when tailoring profiles for approval plans. Particular criteria assume greater or lesser importance depending on the material under consideration, the resources available, the acquisitions commitment level, and the subject matter covered.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

The Howard-Tilton Library's leading book vendors are YBP (North America, British Isles, and western Europe), Harrassowitz (German-speaking Europe), Touzot (France), Casalini (Italy), and Puvill (Spain).

Endowed Funds

The Selley Fund is available for European political studies since c1750, and the Lurcy Library Endowment Fund is available for materials relating to French culture.

Selection Tools

Choice, American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the Journal of Politics are consulted regularly.