POLISCI 147P: Politics of Inequality
This course is about the distribution of power in contemporary democratic societies: who governs? Is there a ``power elite?'' Or, does public policy making incorporate the diverse interests that exist in democratic societies? What is the relationship between income and power? What are the political consequences of increasing income inequality? What are the implications of racial and ethnic inequities for the quality of democratic representation? Which policies increase political inequality? What are effective remedies for unequal influence? Finally, which institutions move democratic practice furthest towards full democratic equality? This course will address these questions, focusing first on the local distribution of power (in Ferguson, MO, and in other American cities), and then in state and national governments, in a broadly comparative context. For each level of government, we will examine the distribution of power, its relationship to income and sociodemographic distributions, and sustaining policies and institutions. Students will have the opportunity to work with income and labor force surveys in a mid-term assignment, and in a final paper, to examine different dimensions of American inequality and their implications for the quality of American democracy.
POLISCI 151A: Doing Political Science
This course is about evaluating the quality of our answers to political and social science research questions, and introduces fundamental topics in research design, choice of method, and data analysis. Although the material introduces concepts that are relevant to both quantitative and qualitative research methods, this course emphasizes quantitative research and provides an introduction to basic statistical analysis (but should not be viewed as a substitute for statistical training). At the successful completion of the course, students will be well-prepared to conduct independent research.
POLISCI 299Q: Honors Thesis Seminar
This course is intended for students in the Department of Political Science's Research Honors Track.
POLISCI 344: Politics and Geography
(Taught jointly with Jonathan Rodden). This course introduces students to basics techniques for the exploration of political and economic geography while covering a range of substantive themes. Students will learn to produce and analyze maps and learn the basics of spatial data analysis, and apply these skills to a range of exciting questions at the intersection of political and economic geography.
POLSCI 412: The Economics and Politics of Modern Europe
(Taught jointly with Judy Goldstein). What are the implications of European integration for social and economic policy and outcomes? In this course, we examine how EU membership has altered the democratic politics of Europe, with a special focus on policymaking during Europe's most recent financial crisis.
POLSCI 440C: Comparative Political Analysis
(Taught jointly with David Laitin in 2008, 2010, and 2014). This seminar has two purposes. First, it introduces graduate students in comparative politics to current methodological standards. Second, it requires students to develop their own research design that meets those standards.