Best Political Science Universities in the World 2023

The 2nd edition of Research.com ranking of the best universities in the discipline of Political Science was created using data combined from various data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were collected on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a sum of D-indexes (Discipline H-index) of all ranking scientist's affiliated with a given institution. D-index takes into account only papers and citation metrics for an examined discipline.
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The focus of our Political Science research
Research.com’s best universities ranking is a credible account of leading scholars from the discipline of Political Science, created using a detailed examination of 166,880 researchers identified from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the area of Political Science, as many as 1698 scholars were examined.

What is D-index approval threshold for Political Science
The D-index threshold for including a researcher to be examined is set to 20 if the majority of of their publications are in the field of Political Science. The inclusion factors for scientists to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the D-index, ratio of the contributions made within the selected area plus the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-index threshold for listing top scholars is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers projected for each scientific field whilst making sure that the top 1% of leading scientists are added into the list. We estimate a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist’s general H-index and their D-index.

Additional verification rules
Because our primary aim is to make sure that only genuine researchers are listed in Research.com ranking we realize that metrics are never supposed to be a complete means to quantify the contributions of scholars. For that reason we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of trustworthy sources. While it’s not a element contributing to a scholar’s position in our ranking, the number of papers published in well-known journals and conference proceedings should be a credible secondary indication of their contribution to research in a selected field of study. Position in the ranking is determined by each scientist’s D-index with the help of data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most credible and well-known bibliometric databases of this kind available to the research community. A thorough overview of our research procedures can be found on our methodology page.

Our agenda
Our goal is to inspire scholars, entrepreneurs and decision-makers worldwide to explore where top experts are heading and to provide a way for the whole scientific community to find out who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Political Science
As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading scientists in the world is University of California System with 67 scholars affiliated with it being present in the Political Science ranking. It is followed by Harvard University with 37 scholars and London School of Economics and Political Science with 31 scientists.

The most prominent scientists in the field of Political Science in the world are representing Indiana University, London School of Economics and Political Science, The University of Texas at Dallas, Harvard University, Bocconi University, American University, University of Pennsylvania, Heidelberg University, University of Amsterdam, Simon Fraser University.

University of California System is featured as the best university in the world in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking researchers at 2275. Ranking on the second place in the world is Harvard University with a total D-index of 1591. The third spot in the world is occupied by London School of Economics and Political Science with a total D-index of 1134.

The average total D-index for the top 5% universities is 121 against an average of 121 for all 312 institutions listed in the ranking.

The average number of published papers within the area of Political Science by researchers affiliated with the top 10% of researchers in the ranking is 492 in comparison to an average of 492 for all 312 universities.

The average number of citations of scientists affiliated with the top 3% universities is 40054 against an average of 40054 for all 312 universities.

World
National
University Details
Scholars
Σ Publications
Σ D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
1 World 1 National Scholars 67 7,756 Σ D-index 2,275
2 World 2 National
Harvard University

Harvard University

United States
Scholars 37 5,800 Σ D-index 1,591
3 World 1 National Scholars 31 5,461 Σ D-index 1,134
4 World 3 National
Stanford University

Stanford University

United States
Scholars 26 3,103 Σ D-index 958
5 World 2 National
University of Oxford

University of Oxford

United Kingdom
Scholars 28 3,118 Σ D-index 820
6 World 4 National
Columbia University

Columbia University

United States
Scholars 21 2,612 Σ D-index 707
7 World 1 National Scholars 16 2,976 Σ D-index 555
8 World 5 National
Princeton University

Princeton University

United States
Scholars 15 1,933 Σ D-index 550
9 World 6 National Scholars 15 2,253 Σ D-index 543
10 World 7 National Scholars 15 2,118 Σ D-index 490
11 World 8 National
Yale University

Yale University

United States
Scholars 13 1,743 Σ D-index 478
12 World 9 National Scholars 13 1,348 Σ D-index 437
13 World 10 National
New York University

New York University

United States
Scholars 11 1,346 Σ D-index 432
14 World 11 National
Indiana University

Indiana University

United States
Scholars 11 1,359 Σ D-index 406
15 World 12 National
Duke University

Duke University

United States
Scholars 13 1,317 Σ D-index 401
16 World 13 National Scholars 13 1,430 Σ D-index 385
17 World 1 National Scholars 11 1,474 Σ D-index 377
18 World 1 National Scholars 8 1,443 Σ D-index 359
19 World 3 National
King's College London

King's College London

United Kingdom
Scholars 11 2,215 Σ D-index 343
20 World 14 National
Cornell University

Cornell University

United States
Scholars 11 1,012 Σ D-index 336
21 World 4 National
University of Manchester

University of Manchester

United Kingdom
Scholars 11 1,396 Σ D-index 335
22 World 15 National Scholars 9 877 Σ D-index 330
23 World 16 National
American University

American University

United States
Scholars 10 1,297 Σ D-index 329
24 World 5 National
University of Essex

University of Essex

United Kingdom
Scholars 9 1,293 Σ D-index 314
25 World 17 National
University of Chicago

University of Chicago

United States
Scholars 9 1,251 Σ D-index 312
26 World 18 National
University of Georgia

University of Georgia

United States
Scholars 9 1,075 Σ D-index 309
27 World 19 National Scholars 10 1,023 Σ D-index 287
28 World 20 National
Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

United States
Scholars 8 1,093 Σ D-index 267
29 World 6 National
University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom
Scholars 10 1,279 Σ D-index 255
30 World 2 National Scholars 8 985 Σ D-index 254
31 World 21 National Scholars 7 743 Σ D-index 242
32 World 22 National
Georgetown University

Georgetown University

United States
Scholars 7 1,033 Σ D-index 238
33 World 23 National Scholars 8 816 Σ D-index 233
34 World 24 National
Northwestern University

Northwestern University

United States
Scholars 6 839 Σ D-index 229
35 World 25 National Scholars 6 744 Σ D-index 228
36 World 26 National Scholars 8 736 Σ D-index 225
37 World 27 National
University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

United States
Scholars 7 828 Σ D-index 220
38 World 7 National
University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom
Scholars 8 889 Σ D-index 214
39 World 1 National
KU Leuven

KU Leuven

Belgium
Scholars 5 1,440 Σ D-index 212
40 World 28 National Scholars 4 912 Σ D-index 209
41 World 1 National
University of Zurich

University of Zurich

Switzerland
Scholars 7 709 Σ D-index 208
42 World 29 National
University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

United States
Scholars 7 591 Σ D-index 206
43 World 8 National
University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom
Scholars 7 1,111 Σ D-index 205
44 World 2 National
University of Geneva

University of Geneva

Switzerland
Scholars 7 1,018 Σ D-index 201
45 World 1 National Scholars 7 871 Σ D-index 200
46 World 1 National Scholars 6 928 Σ D-index 198
47 World 9 National
University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

United Kingdom
Scholars 6 1,360 Σ D-index 195
48 World 3 National
Utrecht University

Utrecht University

Netherlands
Scholars 5 783 Σ D-index 194
49 World 10 National
University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

United Kingdom
Scholars 5 847 Σ D-index 189
50 World 1 National Scholars 6 858 Σ D-index 188
51 World 11 National
University College London

University College London

United Kingdom
Scholars 6 940 Σ D-index 187
52 World 2 National Scholars 5 740 Σ D-index 187
53 World 30 National
Arizona State University

Arizona State University

United States
Scholars 5 620 Σ D-index 183
54 World 31 National Scholars 5 745 Σ D-index 182
55 World 1 National Scholars 6 867 Σ D-index 180
56 World 12 National
University of Sussex

University of Sussex

United Kingdom
Scholars 6 651 Σ D-index 178
57 World 32 National
University of Washington

University of Washington

United States
Scholars 4 443 Σ D-index 178
58 World 13 National
University of Warwick

University of Warwick

United Kingdom
Scholars 7 723 Σ D-index 174
59 World 33 National
Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

United States
Scholars 6 633 Σ D-index 174
60 World 14 National
University of Bristol

University of Bristol

United Kingdom
Scholars 4 1,390 Σ D-index 172
61 World 2 National Scholars 5 845 Σ D-index 169
62 World 15 National
The Open University

The Open University

United Kingdom
Scholars 5 652 Σ D-index 169
63 World 3 National Scholars 6 652 Σ D-index 160
64 World 2 National Scholars 6 576 Σ D-index 157
65 World 2 National Scholars 5 647 Σ D-index 151
66 World 16 National
University of Southampton

University of Southampton

United Kingdom
Scholars 3 724 Σ D-index 151
67 World 1 National Scholars 6 379 Σ D-index 148
68 World 17 National
University of York

University of York

United Kingdom
Scholars 6 580 Σ D-index 147
69 World 34 National
MIT

MIT

United States
Scholars 4 417 Σ D-index 147
70 World 3 National Scholars 6 534 Σ D-index 145
71 World 4 National Scholars 3 491 Σ D-index 145
72 World 3 National
University of Bern

University of Bern

Switzerland
Scholars 5 720 Σ D-index 144
73 World 35 National
Emory University

Emory University

United States
Scholars 5 432 Σ D-index 144
74 World 36 National
Florida State University

Florida State University

United States
Scholars 4 572 Σ D-index 143
75 World 5 National Scholars 5 944 Σ D-index 142
76 World 2 National Scholars 5 650 Σ D-index 142
77 World 4 National
ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich

Switzerland
Scholars 3 525 Σ D-index 142
78 World 4 National
Leiden University

Leiden University

Netherlands
Scholars 5 432 Σ D-index 141
79 World 37 National
University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh

United States
Scholars 4 618 Σ D-index 140
80 World 3 National Scholars 3 614 Σ D-index 140
81 World 4 National Scholars 4 580 Σ D-index 138
82 World 18 National
University of Kent

University of Kent

United Kingdom
Scholars 5 758 Σ D-index 135
83 World 2 National Scholars 4 733 Σ D-index 135
84 World 19 National
University of Leeds

University of Leeds

United Kingdom
Scholars 5 508 Σ D-index 134
85 World 20 National
Lancaster University

Lancaster University

United Kingdom
Scholars 3 620 Σ D-index 133
86 World 38 National
Rice University

Rice University

United States
Scholars 5 317 Σ D-index 132
87 World 21 National Scholars 5 563 Σ D-index 131
88 World 39 National Scholars 5 435 Σ D-index 128
89 World 40 National
Northeastern University

Northeastern University

United States
Scholars 4 611 Σ D-index 128
90 World 5 National
University of Basel

University of Basel

Switzerland
Scholars 2 701 Σ D-index 126
91 World 22 National
Newcastle University

Newcastle University

United Kingdom
Scholars 5 583 Σ D-index 125
92 World 3 National Scholars 5 430 Σ D-index 122
93 World 2 National Scholars 4 405 Σ D-index 122
94 World 41 National
University of Iowa

University of Iowa

United States
Scholars 3 466 Σ D-index 119
95 World 23 National
Cardiff University

Cardiff University

United Kingdom
Scholars 4 500 Σ D-index 118
96 World 42 National
University of Virginia

University of Virginia

United States
Scholars 4 543 Σ D-index 116
97 World 43 National Scholars 4 515 Σ D-index 116
98 World 5 National Scholars 3 377 Σ D-index 116
99 World 44 National
University of Rochester

University of Rochester

United States
Scholars 3 376 Σ D-index 114
100 World 45 National
University of Kansas

University of Kansas

United States
Scholars 4 422 Σ D-index 113

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