Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Brett Heiney

Office — Davis-Hodgkins House, 609 21st St. NW, Room 202

Office Hours — Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm; Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm

E-mail —

Major — Political Science

Minor — Asian Studies

Current Research

Comparative Politics, Chinese Politics, Democratization, The Rule of Law


A.B. Rollins College


I joined the Ph.D. program at GW in the fall of 2008 and am studying comparative politics. Broadly, my main area of interest is Chinese domestic politics, and I am interested in studying the development, or lack there of, of the rule of law in China and what that means for Communist Party rule and the prospects for democratization. Along with my focus on Asian politics and history for my A.B., I also focused on American political thought culminating in a senior thesis titled "Lincoln's Legacy: America's Rhetorical Redefinition" which looked at how Lincoln's speech at Gettysburg served to permanently redefine the United States.