Classes

GOV 2305: American Politics Field Seminar

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

 

The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students to the major themes and some of the best scholarship in the political science literature on American Politics. The readings for 2305 typically form the core of students’ subsequent reading lists for major or minor general exams in American politics. Still, there is much in the study of American politics that is not represented here, indeed that political scientists have failed to take up. Along the way,...

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GOV 2335 Power in American Society

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

The course considers theories of power in American political science and political theory; how to measure and use these theories to understand political choices. Attention to race, gender, class, legal standing, policies, history, values and institutional frameworks.

The concept of “power” is central to the discipline of political science and the practice of governance, but its meaning, measurement, causes, and effects are all elusive. The goal of the seminar is to give students clearer ways of thinking about power, preparatory to doing research throughout your careers...

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SOC 296a

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

GOV 2340a Proseminar on Equality and Social Policy I (with Christopher Jencks)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

The Proseminar on Inequality and Social Policy is a required three-semester sequence for second and third year doctoral students in Government and Social Policy, Sociology and Social Policy, and the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy.  

The course considers effects of varied political activities on creating or reducing inequality in U.S., and at effects of inequality on political activity and policy choices. Examines electoral participation, social movements, lawmaking, etc. on policies like education, ERA, welfare....

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GOV 2576: Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (with Claudine Gay)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

Course Introduction

This course is something of an experiment. It brings together several disciplines – history, sociology, political science, philosophy, and perhaps others. It spans several centuries and several nations. The topics range through individual attitudes, political behavior, demographic stratification, historical development, contemporary institutions, public policy, and normative goals. Most importantly, the course brings into direct contact with one another several robust academic literatures that have largely developed independently of one another—...

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