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Field Description

Students are expected to acquire a thorough knowledge of the discipline, including substantial theoretical, conceptual, and substantive competence in a major subject; to provide a clear demonstration of the methodological, linguistic, and other skills needed to conduct original scholarly research; and to acquire at least one semester's experience as a teaching assistant. Students who have not had equivalent course work are expected to take three of the four field seminars in the major subjects.

Numerous interdisciplinary programs are available, and include the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, the Peace Studies Program, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and various area programs.

Early in their first semester, doctoral students meet with the director of graduate studies and several faculty members to discuss the first year's program. At the end of the first year, students form their Special Committee, which guides and supervises subsequent academic preparation and dissertation research.

By the end of the third year of residence, or sooner if possible, students are expected to have taken the Admission to Candidacy examination. The exam is given in three parts: a written exam in the student's major and minor subjects; an extended research paper in the student's specialized field of interest; and an oral exam conducted by the Special Committee. The written exam is normally taken before the end of the second year; the oral exam, at the beginning of the third. At the oral exam, the student presents a thesis proposal outlining the hypothesis, data, methods, and resources needed to carry out the dissertation research.

Contact Information

Website: http://government.arts.cornell.edu
Email: cu_govt@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3567

213 White Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Government

  • American politics
  • comparative politics
  • international relations
  • political methodology (minor)
  • political thought
  • public policy (minor)

Faculty

Benedict R Anderson - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: My research focuses on American politics, often from a comparative or historical perspective. development of voting rights in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, with particular attention to periods of disfranchisement; analyses of preference formation, change, and measurement in the U.S. Congress; American political institutions with a close attention to the substance of political conflicts and the meanings that have been conferred on these by participants.
Richard F Bensel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: American political development; political economy; state theory
Mabel M. Berezin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: Europe; France and Italy; old and new forms of anti-liberal politics; nation-state building with reference to the European Union; emotion and politics
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: comparative/international politics; postcommunism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
Allen R Carlson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: international relations Research Interests: international relations
Stephen Coate - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: political economy; formal theory; campaigns and elections; electoral system
Maria L Cook - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics Research Interests: labor and politics in Latin America; comparative migrations
Peter K. Enns - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: American politics; political methodology Research Interests: American politics; public opinion; representation; quantitative methods
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: international relations; comparative foreign policy; transnational politics; Russian politics
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; political methodology Research Interests: comparative political economy; state building; migration; organized crime
Jason Frank - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: political thought Research Interests: modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, American political thought, historical approaches to the study of political culture
Jill Frank - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: political thought Research Interests: History of Political Thought, Constitutional Democracy, Social and Political Philosophy
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: american politics, latina/o politics, immigration, race and ethnics politics, political participation, and political methodology
Ronald J Herring - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics Research Interests: comparative politics of South Asia; political economy; development; environmental politics
Concentrations: Government: American politics; comparative politics; political methodology; political thought Research Interests: immigration; race and ethnic politics; urban politics; political participation
Sabrina M Karim - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: conflict, statebuilding, gender, security sector reform, peacekeeping, field experiments
Concentrations: Government: American politics; comparative politics Research Interests: feminism, women
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: security policy, political economy; relation between international and domestic politics
Concentrations: Government: international relations Research Interests: international relations; international political economy; political economy and national security
Isaac Kramnick - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: political thought Research Interests: Anglo-American political thought, eighteenth century to the present
Sarah Kreps - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: international relations Research Interests: interstate and intrastate conflict; international cooperation and institutions; nonproliferation studies; post-Cold War international order; international law and the use of force
Adam Levine - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: political behavior; political participation; campaigns and elections; public opinion
Odette Lienau - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: international relations; political thought Research Interests: international law and international relations; international political economy; sovereign debt; international political and legal theory
Concentrations: Government: political thought Research Interests: contemporary political theory, pragmatism and American Political though, nineteenth century political thought, politics and morality
Jospeh Margulies - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: American political culture; the national security state; race and criminal justice
Andrew C. Mertha - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics Research Interests: Chinese politics; political institutions; public policy and political participation in non-democracies; domestic politics and international trade; political socialization in authoritarian regimes
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: American political development; public policy; political behavior; gender and politics; race and politics
Jamila Michener - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: American politics, poverty and inequality, political participation, race and ethnic politics, urban politics, public policy.
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: sociology
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: comparative and international political economy; authoritarianism; southeast Asian Politics; Islam
Aziz F. Rana - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: American politics; political thought Research Interests: American political and constitutional thought; American political development; democratic theory; history of social movements; comparative law of postcolonial states
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics Research Interests: Latin American politics; comparative political economy; party systems and political representation; labor and social movements
Concentrations: Government: political thought Research Interests: contemporary continental political theory (Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Lacan, Althusser, Bourdieu, Agamben); psychoanalysis and politics; political rhetoric; western Marxism; comparative ideology; visual studies
Concentrations: Government: American politics Research Interests: political development; social movements; regulation
Concentrations: Government: political thought Research Interests: contemporary democratic theory; poststructuralist theory; racism; lesbian and gay studies
Sidney G Tarrow - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics Research Interests: comparative politics of Western Europe; social movements; political parties; comparative communism
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics Research Interests: comparative political economy; Western Europe; German unification, comparative labor
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations Research Interests: comparative politics; political economy of development with a special focus on Africa, democratization, and the politics of economic reform; the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics Research Interests: authoritarianism, chinese politics, urbanization, redistribution, and information
Steven Michael Ward - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Government: international relations Research Interests: American Politics, development of voting rights in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France; American political institutions with a close attention to the substance of political conflicts
Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations; political methodology Research Interests: international relations; international and comparative political economy; econometrics; game theory; comparative politics
Concentrations: Government: international relations Research Interests: domestic politics in international relations, chinese politics and foreign policy, nationalism, xenophobia and popular protest, state society relations in authoritarian regimes, US-China relations