Government

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Dec. 15; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

PLEASE NOTE: All materials must be uploaded to the online application system. Applications and additional materials are due on Dec. 15; this is a firm deadline and late applications will not be considered.

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Government (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • American politics
  • comparative politics
  • international relations
  • political thought

Minor concentrations

  • political methodology
  • public policy

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.

Application:
Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores, three recommendations, and a writing sample. Admission is offered for the fall term only.

Richard Bensel -- Concentrations: American politics; Research interests: American political development; political economy; state theory
Mabel Berezin -- Concentrations: 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 Bunce -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests: comparative/international politics; postcommunism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
Allen Carlson -- Concentrations: international relations; Research interests: international relations
Stephen Coate -- Concentrations: American politics; Research interests: political economy; formal theory; campaigns and elections; electoral system
Maria Cook -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests: labor and politics in Latin America; comparative migrations
Locksley Edmondson -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests: international relations; comparative politics
Peter Enns -- Concentrations: political methodology; American politics; Research interests: American politics; public opinion; representation; quantitative methods
Matthew Evangelista -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests: international relations; comparative foreign policy; transnational politics; Russian politics
Gustavo Flores-Macias -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests: comparative political economy; state building; migration; organized crime
Jason Frank -- Concentrations: political thought; Research interests: modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, American political thought, historical approaches to the study of political culture
Siba Grovogui -- Concentrations: comparative politics; political thought; international relations; Research interests: International relations, political theory, Africana studies
Ronald Herring -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests: comparative politics of South Asia; political economy; development; environmental politics
Michael Jones-Correa -- Concentrations: comparative politics; political thought; American politics; Research interests: immigration; race and ethnic politics; urban politics; political participation
Peter Katzenstein -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests: security policy, political economy; relation between international and domestic politics
Mary Katzenstein -- Concentrations: comparative politics; American politics; Research interests: feminism, women
Jonathan Kirshner -- Concentrations: international relations; Research interests: international relations; international political economy; political economy and national security
Isaac Kramnick -- Concentrations: political thought; Research interests: Anglo-American political thought, eighteenth century to the present
Sarah Kreps -- Concentrations: 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
Alexander Kuo -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests:
Adam Levine -- Concentrations: American politics; Research interests: political behavior; political participation; campaigns and elections; public opinion
Odette Lienau -- Concentrations: political thought; international relations; Research interests: international law and international relations; international political economy; sovereign debt; international political and legal theory
Andrew Little -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests: Nondemocratic Elections, Authoritarian Politics, Information Manipulation, Formal Theory
Peter Livingston -- Concentrations: political thought; Research interests: contemporary political theory, pragmatism and American Political though, nineteenth century political thought, politics and morality
Fredrik Logevall -- Concentrations: American politics; Research interests:
Theodore Lowi -- Concentrations: public policy; American politics; Research interests: American government and politics; public policy and administration
Andrew Mertha -- Concentrations: 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 Mettler -- Concentrations: American politics; Research interests: American political development; public policy; political behavior; gender and politics; race and politics
Jamila Michener -- Concentrations: American politics; Research interests: American politics, poverty and inequality, political participation, race and ethnic politics, urban politics, public policy.
Richard Miller -- Concentrations: political thought; international relations; 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 Nee -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests: sociology
David Patel -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests: comparative politics; Middle Eastern politics; religion; political culture; civil conflict authoritarianism
Thomas Pepinsky -- Concentrations: comparative politics; international relations; Research interests: comparative and international political economy; authoritarianism; southeast Asian Politics; Islam
Aziz Rana -- Concentrations: political thought; American politics; Research interests: American political and constitutional thought; American political development; democratic theory; history of social movements; comparative law of postcolonial states
Kenneth Roberts -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests: Latin American politics; comparative political economy; party systems and political representation; labor and social movements
Diane Rubenstein -- Concentrations: 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 Sanders -- Concentrations: American politics; Research interests: political development; social movements; regulation
Martin Shefter -- Concentrations: public policy; American politics; Research interests: urban politics; American political development and institutions
Steven Shiffrin -- Concentrations: political thought; American politics; Research interests: constitutional law; freedom of speech; freedom of religion; church-state relations
Anna Marrie Smith -- Concentrations: political thought; Research interests: contemporary democratic theory; poststructuralist theory; racism; lesbian and gay studies
Lowell Turner -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests: comparative political economy; Western Europe; German unification, comparative labor
Nicholas Van de Walle -- Concentrations: 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
Sydney Van Morgan -- Concentrations: comparative politics; American politics; Research interests: comparative politics; Western Europe; nationalism and identity; contentious politics; comparative political parties and elections
Christopher Way -- Concentrations: comparative politics; political methodology; international relations; Research interests: international relations; international and comparative political economy; econometrics; game theory; comparative politics

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Benedict Anderson -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests:
Sidney Tarrow -- Concentrations: comparative politics; Research interests: comparative politics of Western Europe; social movements; political parties; comparative communism

GOALS AND OVERVIEW

The doctoral program prepares students for a successful career in political science.  It provides them with

1) a broad and in-depth knowledge of the scholarship and methodologies of the discipline;

2) an ability to conduct original and publishable research in their field of study;

3) to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate level; and

4) to contribute productively to the life of profession.  

The program has two stages. The first involves the acquisition of substantive knowledge and research skills through course work and colloquia. It also provides students with teaching experience. This stage ends with satisfactory completion of examinations in the student’s major and minor fields of study. The second stage is devoted to the research and writing of a dissertation. This stage begins with the writing and oral defense of the thesis proposal and ends with formal approval of the completed dissertation.  Learning assessment occurs in both stages from individual faculty, subfield and special committees, and the department as a whole.  Metrics and procedures of assessment differ across the four subfields (CP, IR, PT, AP)       

 

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