In 2013, we were awarded a prestigious Regius Professorship by Her Majesty the Queen for fifty years of excellence in research and education in our outstanding department.
To celebrate this honour, we hold an annual Regius lecture where a world-class scholar in political science comes to Essex to present their work to the University community.
Prestigious political scientist, Professor Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier from Ohio State University will be presenting this year's lecture on Monday 12 March.
Her talk is titled The Importance of Studying Difference and Change in the Social Sciences and is presented in association with SAGE Publishing.
She was recently selected as a member of the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM).
She served as President of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Political Methodology Society as well as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association. She is the current Vice President of the American Political Science Association.
She has twice received the Gosnell Award for the best work in political methodology and the Emerging Scholar Award of the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association in 2001. She was an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology.
The Box-Steffensmeier Graduate Student Award, given annually by the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is named after her in recognition of her contributions in political methodology and her support of women in the field.
Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, internationally renowned figure in the study of conflict resolution, democratisation and political change, has been appointed as our new Regius Professor of Political Science.
Awarded as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Essex is one of the youngest universities to receive this award, and one of just two UK universities to receive Regius Professorships in social sciences.