University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada

As Nevada’s flagship land‐grant institution, the University has been instrumental in the history of the nation’s fastest‐growing state. When the University opened in 1874 as the University Preparatory School in Elko, it was located 300 miles east of the state’s Virginia City–Carson City–Reno population base. State officials relocated the university to Reno in 1885, and its first year of formal college‐level study was in 1887. Until 1957, the University of Nevada served as the only state‐supported higher‐education institution in the Silver State.

One of the top 150 research universities in the country, Nevada enrolled 17,679 students in fall 2010. The University’s two Reno campuses are in northwestern Nevada, just 15 minutes from the California border. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the University is 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and four hours from the San Francisco Bay Area.




Eric HerzikEric Herzik, Ph.D.
Department Chair
(775) 682-7764

Kristen KabrinKristen Kabrin
Administrative Assistant
(775) 682-7760

Program Director

Stacy GordonStacy Gordon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7762

Program Director

Derek KauneckisDerek Kauneckis
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7765

main office

The Political Science Department is located on the second floor of the Mack Social Sciences Building, which we share with the Department of History.

Our building sits between the Ansari Business Building and the Reynolds School of Journalism building. Our office is in room 236.

Political Science Department
Mack Social Sciences Building
(Building code MSS)
Room 236

Mailing Address:
University of Nevada, Reno/Mail Stop 0302
Reno NV 89557-0302