Doctoral graduates from West Virginia Universitys Department of Political Science are doing more publishing than perishing.

The department was ranked eighth nationally among 20 institutions with the most published research per Ph.D. graduate, according to a recent study published in PS: Politics and Political Science, a journal of the American Political Science Association.

“These rankings say that even though we dont have that many graduate students at West Virginia University, those we have do quite well in publishing their research after they graduate,”said Allan Hammock, chairman of the department in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

The study on which the rankings were based compared the reputations of political science graduate programs across the country and the amount of research their graduates published in five leading political science journals.

The rankings that included WVU took the total publications by a departments doctoral graduates and divided them by the number of graduates. Texas A&M led the ranking, followed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, North Texas State University, University of California at Irvine, California Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, University Wisconsin at Milwaukee and WVU . Rounding out the list were Washington University at St. Louis, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Emory University, University of Iowa, University of California at Riverside, Rice University, University of California at Davis, University of Colorado, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati, Duke University and Fordham University.

Other rankings included in the study listed schools whose graduates produced the most research and whose departments are considered among the most reputable.

“Obviously, WVU doesnt compare to Harvard or Yale with regard to total output by graduates because we have a smaller department,”Dr. Hammock said.”But when you factor in the number of graduates, WVU fares quite well.”

The department averages about two Ph.D. graduates a year, and there are about 15 students enrolled in various stages of the graduate program, he added.

This ranking complements two earlier rankings the department received for research. In 1999, the department was ranked 39th in research published by faculty in the top political science journals and 18th in research in public law journals.