Fall 2018

POL 230/WWS 325. Introduction to Comparative Politics. Instructor: Alisha Holland.

Description: Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why do some countries experience regular ethnic conflict, while others never do? This course explores such questions about the domestic politics of other countries, or comparative politics. It focuses on the study of five major themes: (1) economic development; (2) democratization; (3) revolution; (4) ethnic conflict; and (5) income redistribution, and explores debates about the role of political institutions, civil society, and the state in shaping these outcomes. Cases from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America are used to provide students with an understanding of the tools of cross-national comparison.

I was awarded the George Kateb Prize for Best Preceptor for my teaching in this course.

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Fall 2017

POL 345/SOC 305. Introduction to Quantitative Social Science. Instructors: Marc Ratkovic and Matt Salganik.

Description: Why do people vote the way they do? Can universal health insurance lead to a longer lifespan? What countries are more or less likely to erupt in civil conflict? Assessing these questions requires the ability to think analytically about data and statistics. This course will provide an introduction to causal inference, probability theory, and estimation. The focus of this course will be on hands on data analysis and the practical application of basic statistical methods to real-world, relevant problems.

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Spring 2018

Senior Thesis Poster Session. Instructor: Joanne Gowa.

Description: At the end of spring semester, the annual Department of Politics Senior Thesis Poster Session provides an opportunity for graduating seniors to present the results of your senior thesis. While your complete senior thesis provides a comprehensive account of your topic, your poster allows you to clearly and concisely present your theoretical arguments and empirical results and get valuable feedback from colleagues and professors. Preparing and presenting a poster is a requirement for all Politics seniors.

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