Political Science at Colgate

At Colgate the Department of Political Science offers a program designed to provide students with a broad understanding of politics in its various dimensions -- local, state, national, and international -- and from various perspectives -- theoretical, comparative, and experiential. The curriculum includes courses in the principal fields of the discipline, and internships in the Washington Study Group combine rigorous analysis of politics and government with direct exposure to Congress, the national executive, political campaigns, and state and local government. If you are interested in a quantitative approach to the analysis of politics you will find it here, as many courses offer opportunities to use computers and to learn data-gathering and statistical techniques.

Concentration Program
Students who concentrate in political science receive excellent preparation for future careers or graduate study in such fields as law, public service, international affairs, business management, teaching, and journalism. Required are nine courses in the Department, including two of the three introductory courses (POSC 150, 151 and 152); courses at various levels in the fields of Politics and Government, International Relations, and Theory; and a Senior Seminar.

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit
Transfer credit toward the political science concentration may be granted for up to two courses taken elsewhere, provided those courses are comparable in quality and scope to courses offered at Colgate. Transfer for Advanced Placement credits will not normally be accepted for POSC 150, 151 or 152.

Special Opportunities
The Colgate Washington Study Group--founded in 1935, and the first such program established in the nation's capital--offers students the opportunity to combine intensive coursework with internships in Congressional and executive-branch offices. The Study Group meets with important figures in all fields of electoral politics, journalism and public policy. In the Political Science Honors Program, a rigorous sequence of methodological training, an Honors Seminar and supervised research, students design and carry out their Honors Thesis projects in individual consultation with faculty members.

Postgraduate Opportunities
Substantial course work in political science is excellent preparation for graduate study or careers in law, government service, international affairs, business, and journalism. Recent graduates have studied in the joint Political Science and Law program at Yale; political science at Columbia, University of Virginia, and Ohio State; international relations at Columbia and Cornell; law at Harvard, Pepperdine, Cornell, Syracuse, Columbia, and Villanova; business administration at Brooklyn University, Northeastern, Syracuse, and the University of Chicago; education at Colgate; public administration at the University of Virginia; international affairs at Columbia, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins; and communications at Stanford.


The faculty has published numerous books, as well as research articles in such journals as The American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Asian Perspectives, Comparative Politics, Journal of Politics, Polity, Soviet Studies, The Journal of Democracy, The Russian Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly, World Politics, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and The Cardozo Law Review. Department members also participate actively in professional associations and present papers to national and international conferences each year. Among the honors received by Department members are a research grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Fulbright Fellowships, the American Political Science Association's award for the best dissertation in public law, the American Political Science Association Jack Walker Award for research of enduring significance in public policy, a fellowship at the Mary Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The links appearing in the list below will take you to each individual's listing in the University's Faculty Teaching and Research Directory, including telephone and email contact information and current course offerings. 

Robert Rothstein, B.A., Ohio State; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Columbia; Harvey Picker Professor of International Relations Emeritus
Special interests: international relations; international organizations; international political economy

Harry C. Behler, A.B., Colgate; M.A., Yale; Professor Emeritus
Special interests: unions and politics; state and local government

Charles Naef, B.A., Bard College; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers; Professor Emeritus
Special interests: arms control and defense policy; defense policies of the Federal Republic of Germany

Stanley Brubaker, A.B., Miami University, Ohio; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia; Professor
Special interests: judicial review and democratic politics

Timothy A. Byrnes, B.A., Lemoyne College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University; Professor
Special interests: American politics; the presidency; religion and politics; Poland

Michael T. Hayes, B.A. Kansas; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana; Professor and Chair of the Department
Special interests: interest groups; public policy; public administration

Michael Johnston, B.A., Macalester College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale; Charles A. Dana Professor
Special interests: American and British politics; political corruption; democratization and development. Cynic in Residence, 1986-.
http://people.colgate.edu/mjohnston   (web bibliography)
http://people.colgate.edu/mjohnston/personal.htm  (pretentious trivia, more papers...)

Robert Kraynak, B.A., Cornell; Ph.D., Harvard; Professor
Special interests: political thought of Hobbes and Locke

Joseph Wagner, Chair of the Department 2002- 
B.S., M.A., University of Illinois; Ph.D., Syracuse; Professor
Special interests: political philosophy, political theory and political psychology

Fred Chernoff, A.B., Rutgers; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins; Associate Professor
Special interests: international relations; defense policy; national security

Yufan Hao, B.A., Heilongjang University; M.A., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University; Associate Professor
Special interests: international relations; Chinese and Asian politics; foreign policy

Douglas Macdonald, B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Columbia; Associate Professor
Special interests: Cold War history; ideology and foreign policy; Vietnam war; American foreign policy

M. Anne Pitcher, B.A., Duke University; M.Phil., St. Peter's College, Oxford; D.Phil., St. Hilda's College, Oxford; Associate Professor
Special interests: African politics; Latin American politics; Portuguese colonization

Barry Alan Shain, B.A., San Jose State University; B.A., San Francisco State University; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University; Associate Professor
Special interests: political theory; American political thought and communalism; American politics and culture

Michele Marie Chang, B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., University of
California, San Diego; Assistant Professor
Special interests:  European Union; international political economy; European 
monetary integration; political economy of currency crises

Nina M. Moore, B.A., Knox College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago;
Assistant Professor
Special interests: American politics, Congress, Supreme Court, and politics of race: 
race and institutional processes; civil rights politics and policy; politics of

Bruce Rutherford, B.A. Williams College; M.A.L.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; M.Phil., Yale University; Ph.D., Yale University; Assistant Professor
Special interests: Middle Eastern politics, Islam and politics, comparative politics, political economy, democratization.

Jessica Allina-Pisano, A.B., Harvard College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. expected 2003, Yale University; Instructor
Special interests: post-Soviet politics and political economy; rural politics; national identity; Russia and Ukraine



Revised: July 12, 2002.
Questions to: mhayes@mail.colgate.edu
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