Journal of Politics & Society

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Journal of Politics & Society  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Polit. Soc.
Discipline Social sciences
Language English
Publication details
Helvidius Group (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Biannual
ISSN 1555-7359

The Journal of Politics & Society is an academic journal of the social sciences published twice a year by the Helvidius Group, a nonprofit student organization at Columbia University.


Founded in 1989 by Columbia University student Peter Tomassi, the Journal began as a magazine distributed to schools in the Ivy League and in Congress. It was originally called the Columbia University Journal of Law and Public Policy and was intended to provide undergraduates a platform for meaningful political discourse.

Years since[edit]

Today, the Journal of Politics & Society, with its particular focus on undergraduates and interdisciplinary coverage, is the only scholarly publication of its kind. Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Journal only considers academic papers submitted by undergraduates. In a process comparable to the peer review and editing procedures of professional academic journals, selected papers are rigorously edited by the Editorial Board, itself composed exclusively of undergraduates. Alone among undergraduate periodicals in the United States, the Journal is commercially distributed nationwide.

The Guest Essay[edit]

The guest essay, the only segment written by non-undergraduates, contextualizes the research in the Journal within the broader sociopolitical dialogue.

Past contributors include:

Online content[edit]

All articles published in the Journal are currently available on the Helvidius Group's Official website. Additionally, the Helvidius Group publishes research summaries, book reviews, and discussions with professors online.

See also[edit]

Columbia University