Graduate Studies - Methods Training

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The Emory political science department provides methods training competitive with the best graduate programs in the country. All students take a course in research design and data collection (POLS 507) taught by Jeffrey Staton. The department offers additional training in three areas: formal theory, statistics, and qualitative methods. Our formal theory sequence consists of an introductory (POLS 513), an advanced (POLS 514), and a topics class (POLS 515). Cliff Carrubba, Pablo Montagnes, Shawn Ramirez, and Jeffrey Staton teach within this sequence. Our statistics sequence consists of four core classes (POLS 508, POLS 509, POLS 570 and POLS 571).  We recommend graduate students complete the full sequence which will cover common techniques employed within the discipline including: methods of estimation and testing; linear, nonlinear, and generalized linear models; experimental and observational data analysis; analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data; and statistical learning, among other topics. In addition the department offers advanced graduate courses on topics such as causal inference, experimental design and field experiments. Several faculty members, including Tom Clark, Adam GlynnDanielle Jung, Greg Martin, Miguel Rueda, and Zachary Peskowitz, teach a rotation of these classes. Finally, we offer two courses -- introductory and advanced -- in qualitative methods (POLS 506 and POLS 585) taught by Rick Doner and Andra Gillespie, respectively.

Students also can take methods classes in the economics and biostatistics departments. Beyond regular coursework, we also actively support student participation in summer programs such as Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM), and The Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM). With this background, our students have published in top methods journals, such as Political Analysis, as well as publish methodologically sophisticated work in top journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, and International Organization.