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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

David Alexander Bateman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: American political development; political economy; state theory

Mabel M. Berezin

  • Campus: 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

Valerie Jane Bunce

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations
  • Research Interests: comparative/international politics; postcommunism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union

Allen R Carlson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: international relations
  • Research Interests: international relations

Alexandra E. Cirone

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics
  • Research Interests: historical political economy, democratization and party systems in new democracies, multi-level governance in European politics

Stephen Coate

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: political economy; formal theory; campaigns and elections; electoral system

Maria L Cook

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics
  • Research Interests: labor and politics in Latin America; comparative migrations

Peter K. Enns

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics; political methodology
  • Research Interests: American politics; public opinion; representation; quantitative methods

Matthew Anthony Evangelista

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations
  • Research Interests: international relations; comparative foreign policy; transnational politics; Russian politics

Gustavo A. Flores-Macias

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; political methodology
  • Research Interests: comparative political economy; state building; migration; organized crime

Jason Frank

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: political thought
  • Research Interests: History of Political Thought, Constitutional Democracy, Social and Political Philosophy

Sergio I Garcia-Rios

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: american politics, latina/o politics, immigration, race and ethnics politics, political participation, and political methodology

Ronald J Herring

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics
  • Research Interests: comparative politics of South Asia; political economy; development; environmental politics

Will Hobbs

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: political methodology

Sabrina M Karim

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations
  • Research Interests: conflict, statebuilding, gender, security sector reform, peacekeeping, field experiments

Mary Fainsod Katzenstein

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics; comparative politics
  • Research Interests: feminism, women

Peter Joachim Katzenstein

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations
  • Research Interests: security policy, political economy; relation between international and domestic politics

Jonathan David Kirshner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: international relations
  • Research Interests: international relations; international political economy; political economy and national security

Isaac Kramnick

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: political thought
  • Research Interests: Anglo-American political thought, eighteenth century to the present

Sarah Kreps

  • Campus: 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

Douglas L. Kriner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: American political institutions and the separation of powers

Adam Levine

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: political behavior; political participation; campaigns and elections; public opinion

Odette Lienau

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: international relations; political thought
  • Research Interests: international law and international relations; international political economy; sovereign debt; international political and legal theory

Alexander Livingston

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: political thought
  • Research Interests: contemporary political theory, pragmatism and American Political though, nineteenth century political thought, politics and morality

Jospeh Margulies

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: American political culture; the national security state; race and criminal justice

Patchen Markell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: political thought
  • Research Interests: European (particularly German) political thought and philosophy and its historical contexts from Kant forward; twentieth-century (particularly postwar) American political thought, including but not limited to the work of European emigrants such as Hannah Arendt; the modern receptions of classical political theory and literature; Marxism and critical social theory; critiques of imperialism and racial domination; democratic theory; theories of power, agency, freedom, and unfreedom; the history of political theory as an academic field; and colleges and universities as social and political institutions.

Andrew C. Mertha

  • Campus: 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

Suzanne B. Mettler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: American political development; public policy; political behavior; gender and politics; race and politics

Jamila Michener

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: American politics, poverty and inequality, political participation, race and ethnic politics, urban politics, public policy.

Richard William Miller

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: international relations; political thought
  • Research Interests: ethics of international relations; transnational economic relations and war; social justice; status of economic equality; autonomy and community; global power structure; social movements

Victor Gilbert Nee

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations
  • Research Interests: sociology

Thomas B. Pepinsky

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations
  • Research Interests: comparative and international political economy; authoritarianism; southeast Asian Politics; Islam

Aziz F. Rana

  • Campus: 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

Judith Voris Reppy

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Government: international relations
  • Research Interests: problems of war and peace; arms control and disarmament

Gretchen Ritter

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: history of women's constitutional rights, contemporary democracy and citizenship

Kenneth M. Roberts

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics
  • Research Interests: Latin American politics; comparative political economy; party systems and political representation; labor and social movements

Diane S. Rubenstein

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Mildred Elizabeth Sanders

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: political development; social movements; regulation

Anna Marrie Smith

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: political thought
  • Research Interests: contemporary democratic theory; poststructuralist theory; racism; lesbian and gay studies

Edward Stiglitz

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: American politics
  • Research Interests: law, courts, bureaucracy

Lowell Ralph Turner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics
  • Research Interests: comparative political economy; Western Europe; German unification, comparative labor

Nicholas Van de Walle

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Jeremy Lee Wallace

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics
  • Research Interests: authoritarianism, Chinese politics, urbanization, redistribution, and information

Steven Michael Ward

  • Campus: 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

Christopher Robert Way

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Government: comparative politics; international relations; political methodology
  • Research Interests: international relations; international and comparative political economy; econometrics; game theory; comparative politics

Jessica Chen Weiss

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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