Classes

USW15, GOV E-1555 Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration: From Obama to Trump

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018
The American racial, ethnic, and immigration orders have been changing at a dizzying pace over the past decade, from the extraordinary election of a liberal African American president in 2008 to the very different, but equally extraordinary, election of a conservative populist president in 2016. These changes emerged from a broad and deep set of transformations in American group dynamics over the past half-century. This course examines what has gotten better, and worse, in the ways that the United States engages with group hierarchy, discrimination, incorporation, and political activity since... Read more about USW15, GOV E-1555 Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration: From Obama to Trump

GOV 2576 The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018
The course begins with the history and structure of the classic Black-White binary, then addresses ways in which it must be rethought to include other groups, mainly Asians and Latinos. Issues include racialization, immigrant incorporation, political coalitions and conflict, racial mixture, and links between race, class, gender, and ideology. Focuses on the United States but includes comparisons with Europe, Latin America, and South Africa.

GOV 2305: American Politics Field Seminar

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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, we will want to identify important...

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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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