On leave (2018-2019)

Government 94im: Comparative Electoral Systems

This seminar will survey and analyze the electoral systems used around the world to show how electoral rules can affect voters, politicians, parties, policymaking, and representation.

Government 1270: Government and Politics of Modern Japan

This course will introduce you to several important aspects of postwar Japanese politics, including elections, political parties, the policymaking process, and foreign policy. We will examine the various ways in which scholars have attempted to explain development and change in Japanese politics over time. In the process of evaluating these changes, we will learn about: (1) important actors in Japanese politics (e.g., voters, politicians, political parties, and bureaucrats), (2) the positions that different actors take with respect to various policies, as well as the sources of these policy preferences and changes over time, and (3) the role of political institutions and history in structuring contemporary political behavior.

Government 2240: Comparative Political Institutions

This is a graduate-level introduction to the comparative study of political institutions and their impact on various aspects of political behavior. Topics include regime types, presidential and parliamentary forms of government, federalism, electoral systems, parties, and coalitions. Students will gain an understanding of the main concepts, approaches, and analytical tools needed to carry out their own independent research in this field.