Specializations include comparative judicial politics, democratization, elections and voting behavior, post-conflict states and transitional justice, public policy and governance, political economy, rule of law, social movements, identity politics and political violence. We offer regional expertise spanning Western and post-socialist European states, post-Soviet Russia, Latin America, East Asia and Africa.
Our faculty members have won nationally competitive grants and play important roles in national and regional professional associations. Faculty publish in leading journals and have also produced monographs, edited volumes and book chapters. They frequently lend expertise to think tanks as well as government and non-government agencies.
We emphasize training in quantitative, qualitative and formal methodologies, grant writing and fieldwork skills. Students may access grants for research and work closely with faculty in other fields, such as international relations, methodology and public law. Additional opportunities are available through campus resources such as the Walker Institute, the Rule of Law Collaborative, the Moore School of Business and the Women’s Studies center.