This course provides an overview of research design strategies in political science, focusing on each of their strengths and weaknesses. Topics include measurement, causation, hypothesis testing, data collection, specification, and experimentation. Class meetings are a combination of lecture and discussion. Students are expected to complete several smaller assignments throughout the semester and a research design proposal as the final project.
Analysis of the role of race, class and ethnicity in the political process. Evaluation of theories from political science, economics and sociology. Topics may include policy analysis, political organizations, immigration, political behavior and culture.
This course examines the role of communication in American politics. Topics covered include the communication of politics (e.g., communication by politics elites, effects of mass media and interpersonal communication on political attitudes) as well as the politics of communications (regulation of political communication, policy issues, etc.).
PS 836 covers important formal (game-theoretic) models of domestic politics, including models of electoral competition, special-interest politics, veto players, delegation, coalitions, political agency, regime change, and nondemocracy. The course should be of interest to any political scientist or economist with an interest in political economy, comparative politics, or American politics. Previous training in game theory at or above the level of PS 835 is required, as is knowledge of basic differential and integral calculus.
Comparative analysis of nationalism, national identity, and ethnicity and their impact on domestic and international conflict. Examines relationship between nationality, citizenship, and minority rights; territoriality and identity, contemporary religious nationalism; relationship between globalization and nationalism.
A broad introduction to the field of comparative politics. It combines a theory-driven approach with a problem-driven approach to analyze key themes in comparative politics. Four paradigms in comparative politics--structural, cultural, rational-choice and institutional--will be reviewed.
Compares the conceptual, statistical, and ethical issues of experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs for program evaluation. Definitions of outcomes, sample size issues, statistical biases in measuring causal effects of programs, and the reliability of findings will be emphasized using case studies selected from current public programs.
In-depth examination of selected topics on American politics and governmental institutions. This semester will feature the demise of the once-solid South, the rise of participatory politics, and the coming of partisan polarization.
An introduction to the tools of game theoretic analysis, with reference to the use of game theory in political science. Intended for those desiring a basic familiarity with the theory, and for those planning further work in formal modeling.
Political scientists employ increasingly sophisticated statistical methods. Understanding these methods—and new ones that will undoubtedly become available—requires a firm foundation in mathematical statistics.
The course is really split between two components: maximum likelihood estimation and a variety of models to which it can be applied. Many of these models fall into a larger class known as generalized linear models.
This course offers a graduate-level introductory survey of the field of international relations. The primary purpose is to understand the development of the field, and to understand and be able to evaluate the main theoretical approaches in this sub-discipline.
Taking Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s definition of queer—"the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone's gender, of anyone's sexuality aren't made (or
This graduate seminar provides an examination of political parties in the United States. The literature on parties is vast and is connected to almost every subfield. Our goal is survey what the best and most visible scholarship has to say about parties as they relate to representation, the policy making process, and the connection of citizens to the political process. The readings emphasize topics that are of interest to researchers today, so the material tends to be contemporary rather than classic.
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce the core questions, concepts, and theories of the field through the "classic" works. We developed this seminar in response to graduate students who believed that too many graduate courses in American politics had lost sight of the forest by examining the trees in too much detail (or in some cases, by putting parts of each branch and leaf under a microscope).
This course studies statistical techniques used to analyze social processes occurring through time. The course introduces students to time series methods and to the applications of these methods in political science. We begin by discussing social problems that are inherently dynamic in nature and also how time series are measured. We then review the calculus of finite differences. We move next to the study stationary ARMA models.
Beyond the fact that over the years a number of graduate students have asked me to teach a course such as this one, another reason for offering this course stems from a long-standing fascination with the politics of the quotidian in all its varied forms. This interest spawns several important questions. First, are the small events, phenomena, attitudes, and emotions of daily life, however apolitical they might seem to be, actually deeply political on levels we might not always be aware of? In other words, where do we situate the political realm?
As the title indicates, this is a course centered on reading Machiavelli. Little needs to be said about why such a course is worthwhile for a student of political theory, Italian or English literature, social theory, or the early modern period. The fact that the same person could be dubbed (to name but a few) a teacher of evil, a republican, a democrat, a proto-feminist, and the murderous Machiavel –not to mention the devilish nickname Old Nick -means there is something interesting about his thought.
Political equality is a normative ideal, and is thought to have positive consequences on citizens’ socio-economic outcomes such as income, health and education. As a result, many societies have sought to correct political inequality through various remedies, including electoral quotas. In this course, we will review what political inequality is, and examine how scholars have measured it, and studied its causes, effects and remedies.
This course is an overview of the politics of post-communist states, primarily focusing on Eurasia. More than 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellite regimes in Eastern Europe, the post-communist states have evolved into vastly different polities. Some are market-oriented democracies and have joined the European Union and NATO, while others still oscillate between semi-authoritarian and semi-democratic governance, and some are fully authoritarian.
In this course, we will read, discuss, and engage the modern literature on international institutions, regimes, and organizations. The focus will be on intergovernmental institutions and agreements. International politics is increasingly institutionalized in all issue-areas. Understanding the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation therefore requires that we understand the sources and consequences of institutionalization.
The purpose of this class is to undertake a historical and analytical examination of U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics. First, we will discuss the history of U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II. We will examine topics such as how current U.S. policy has evolved and what was the impetus behind our important foreign policy choices. The second part of the class will examine the institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation.
This course will introduce the student to the politics of nuclear weapons. The course will cover the origins of nuclear weapons, the reasons states seek them, the strategies developed for their use, the consequences of their development, and efforts to control and reverse their spread. In addressing these issues we will study a variety of countries, including North Korea, India and Pakistan, Israel, Iraq and Iran.
This course provides an introduction to political science as a discipline and a profession. For our review of the discipline, we will consider a variety of approaches to the study of policies. For our review of the profession, we will discuss matters both broad (e.g., the life of the scholar) and narrow (e.g., obtaining research grants) that are of interest to those building professional careers in political science, particularly in academia.
Political science, like all mature academic fields, advances by scholarly research. This course introduces graduate students to the issues that commonly arise in qualitative and quantitative empirical political science research designs and their execution. Because no single approach to a research question is ideal, we will learn about the trade-offs involved in selecting one design over another. As a researcher and a consumer of others’ research, you must be self-conscious about the strengths and weakness of each methodology.
The aim of this course is to expand your portfolio of tools for data anal-ysis. Maximum likelihood methods open the door wide for a variety of substantive areas of interest. We will not be able to cover everything over the course of the semester, but you should leave this class equipped with the tools necessary to learn new methods on your own.
We will cover a lot of material over the course of the semester. Below are a list of topics (those noted with asterisks may be covered depending on interest and available time).
The purpose of this course is to survey applications of game theory to in-ternational relations and further develop students’ game theoretic modeling skills. Students should have some familiarity with both game theory and international relations theory. We will cover cooperation, bargaining, the origins and termination of war, communication, multilateral politics, and the impact of domestic politics on international relations.
The main goals of this course are (1) to help you deepen your appreciation of the importance of public management in our democratic scheme of governance; (2) to enhance your ability to think analytically about problems of public management; and (3) to enhance your ability to make good arguments concerning how public management issues might be addressed.
This seminar has two basic purposes: (1) To introduce graduate (and law) students to the state of the art in legal and social-scientiﬁc studies of the Supreme Court; and (2) to cover a series of particular topics, with emphasis on the major controversies in the ﬁeld. Students will come away from this class with an appreciation of how justices on the Court operate in an interdependent environment in which their actions turn on their preferences, the preferences of their colleagues, institutions, and political context.
This graduate seminar is a general survey of French political thought from the Enlightenment to the end of the nineteenth century. The central hypothesis of this course is that the experience of the Revolution and the need for economic and social equality to secure solidarity shaped the French theorization of the Republic as a unique model, distinct from the Ancient and the American models of the Republic. As a result, French thinkers developed a social and situated form of political theory.
The aim of this course is to critically examine how various “schools” of feminist political thought understand the relationship between experience and politics. We will pay particular attention to: 1) what feminist theorists mean when they speak of “experience” and 2) the debate among feminist theorists regarding whether experience is the grounds of politics or if politics necessarily precedes experience.