American Politics

The study of American politics provokes students to think critically about issues pertaining to democracy, representation, inequality, identity, and electoral behavior in American politics. The faculty in American politics includes recognized experts on public opinion, electoral processes, political psychology, voting behavior, identity politics, judicial politics, and government institutions. Our faculty offer classes on these topics. Students in the subfield are expected to develop strong analytic and methodological skills, and we offer graduate level courses in basic and advanced analytic techniques. In addition, our students have access to our state-of-the-art experimental lab, a large subject pool, and survey design tools to field large public opinion surveys. Students in our program may also access a myriad of datasets through our institutional subscription to the Roper Center and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Students are also encouraged to attend academic conferences, as well as collaborate with faculty and other students on research projects.