Areas of Research

The Fields of Political Science

The Department features scholarship in all of the major fields of Political Science. Our scholars study executive, legislative and judicial institutions under democracy and autocracy, the politics of race and gender, elections and electoral fraud, state and local politics, public policy, violent conflict both within and between states, human rights, international political economy, among other topics.  

Thematic Areas of Expertise

The Department’s faculty work across the traditional fields of political science. Collaboration is common in part because scholars contribute to research and teaching in five thematic areas, which transcend the traditional field structure. The Department has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Political Economy
  • Public Policy
  • Violent Conflict and Human Rights
  • Social Cleavages and Behavior

Political Methodology

The Department promotes the rigorous application of theoretical and empirical tools in the production of knowledge about politics. Our faculty contribute to methodological work in formal theory and both quantitative and qualitative analysis. We are committed to a view of methodology in which theoretical and empirical analysis are closely linked. Our approach is also multifaceted and highly flexible. We encourage innovative theoretical approaches as well as the selection of the best empirical research design in light of the question guiding the research.

  • Formal, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods