Comparative Politics

The comparative politics field combines an attention to theoretical issues with a grounding in the politics of specific countries and regions. The primary theoretical interests of our faculty include democratization and related issues of political change and post-communist transitions; political economy of both the advanced industrialized countries and the developing world; comparative public policy; ethnic politics or nationalism; and women in politics.

Along with these theoretical interests is a strong commitment to area studies. Our faculty include experts on Latin America, Western and Central Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and East, Southeast, and South Asia (especially China and Japan). Our faculty and students conduct frequent trips abroad for field research and to attend international conferences.

The ambitious agendas of original research are reflected in the quality of our publications, with numerous books and articles published by first-tier academic presses such as Cambridge, Cornell, Oxford, and Princeton, and journals, including World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and all the main area studies journals.