Graduate Training

Students who choose to work in the areas of Poverty, Violence, and Development will find a wealth of advanced graduate seminars taught by the core faculty in the working group (see below). That coursework complements a rigorous methods sequence, and a range of relevant foundational courses in the fields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, American Politics, and Normative Political Theory. Students are encouraged to address core disciplinary concerns while focusing their research on substantive areas of interest.

Substantive Courses

Course # Course Title Instructor
17.524 State, Society, and the Political Behavior of Development Lily Tsai Syllabus
17.S951 Elections and Representation in Developing Democracies F. Daniel Hidalgo Syllabus
17.568 Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East Fotini Christia and Richard Nielsen Syllabus
17.582 Civil War Fotini Christia Syllabus
17.571 Engineering Democratic Development in Africa Evan Lieberman Syllabus
17.572 African Politics Seminar: Can Democratic Governance Work? Evan Lieberman Syllabus
17.S950 Emotions and Politics Roger Petersen

Methods Courses

Course # Course Title Instructor
17.426 Empirical Models in International Relations (and Comparative Politics) Richard Nielsen Syllabus
17.878 Qualitative Research: Design and Methods Regina Bateson Syllabus
17.S952 Empirical Methods in Political Economy F. Daniel Hidalgo Syllabus

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