Political Methodology

The Methods faculty in the Politics Department range across the substantive subfields. Our research and teaching interests encompass a wide range of approaches to empirical research, including historical, interpretivist, quantitative, formal, and experimental; and include attention to concerns with issues of research design, the logic of inference, and the nature of political inquiry. Among many other projects, our faculty have employed cutting edge methods to study the determinants of corruption within public bureaucracies, the impact of government policies on migrant flows, the consequences of experiences with the criminal justice system on political participation, the link between implicit attitudes and voting behavior, and the relationship between land reform and the stability of political regimes.

The Department of Politics is excited to be participating actively in the College’s Quantitative Collaborative, an interdisciplinary initiative designed to bring together scholars with interests in quantitative methods and research from across the social sciences.

The department offers a graduate minor in political methodology. For information on the requirements for the minor, see this section of the program rules. More information about expectations for the methods paper are available here.