Comparative Politics

The sub-field of comparative politics encompasses a broad range of issues, areas, and theoretical perspectives, all of which are combined to understand and explain current political phenomena. Comparative politics invites the scholar, the professor, and the student to research, teach, and learn about a great many interests in political science. Cultural, institutional, rational choice, and structural approaches offer frameworks for analyzing issues such as development, democratization, and regime change, using the comparative method. In addition to the expertise in major comparative schools of thought, professors in the Department of Political Science have been recognized and published in areas in which they also offer courses: Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.