POLISCI-45N: Civil War Narratives

Preference to freshmen. Focus is on a new statistics-based theory to account for the susceptibility of countries to civil war. How to write a theory-based historical narrative. Students write and present an original historical narrative focusing on how well the theory explains a particular history and on the importance of factors that are absent from the theory in explaining civil war onsets.

POLISCI-146A: African Politics

This course seeks to identify the historical and political sources accounting for Africa’s lag in democracy, prosperity and security, and to provide extensive case study and statistical material to understand what sustains it, and how it might be overcome.


POLISCI-244U/344U : Political Culture

Implications of cultural coordination and cultural difference for political processes and institutions.


POLISCI-440A: Theories in Comparative Politics

Theories addressing major concerns in the comparative field including democracy, regime change, the state, revolutions, national heterogeneity, and economic performance.


POLISCI-400C: Research Design

 Current methodological standards in empirical political science. Students develop their own research design that meets these standards.