Political Science research

The University of Nevada, Reno is classified as an R-1 Carnegie-rated “very high research” institute. The political science department faculty are involved in research that is widely published by academic presses and journals, and in policy reports. We encourage our students to get involved in a research project of interest. Faculty also often provide expert commentary for media outlets. Review our research areas below and find a faculty member to connect with in that field.

Jump to: American politicsComparative politicsInternational relationsPolitical theoryPublic administration and policy

 

American politics

The American politics area includes all facets of the American political system: elections, parties, the presidency, the legislatures, the courts, the media, the bureaucracy, state and local government, public administration and interest groups. American politics courses also consider the effects of different institutional arrangements and decision rules.

Nevada Politics Voting and Elections American Politics Presidency Congress Legislative Process Subnational Politics
Jeremy Gelman
Jeremy Gelman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
(775) 682-7666
TB 201
3947 3950 3902 3953 3952 3946 3951
 

Comparative politics

The comparative politics area includes general comparative analysis of national political systems, as well as comparative topics such as women in politics, revolution, terrorism, human rights and political development. It also includes the study of politics in specific areas: Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, Japan and China.

Comparative Politics
Laura Blume
Laura Blume, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor she, her, hers
(775) 682-7667
3903
Comparative Politics Labor, Protest and Oppression Political Economy and Development
Allison Evans
Allison Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor she, her, hers
(775) 682-7712
3903 3936 3937
Comparative Politics Labor, Protest and Oppression Political Economy and Development Transitions and Authoritarianism Contentious Politics International Politics of Labor
Ian M. Hartshorn
Ian M. Hartshorn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7846
3903 3936 3937 3941 3956 3955
Comparative Politics
Inhwan Ko
Inhwan Ko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor he, him, his
(775) 682-5120
3903
Political Parties Terrorism and Violence Comparative Politics
N. Susanne Martin
N. Susanne Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of International Affairs
(775) 682-7763
3942 3939 3903
Comparative Politics Political Economy and Development Chinese Foreign Policy Chinese Politics
Xiaoyu Pu
Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7759
3903 3937 3957 3958
Comparative Politics Gendered Violence Corruption European Politics
Carolyn M. Warner
Carolyn M. Warner, Ph.D.
Chair; Vail Pittman Professor of Political Science
(775) 682-6462
3903 3943 3944 3945
 

International relations

The international politics area covers interaction, cooperation and conflict among nations. It includes theories of international relations, great power politics, foreign policy, defense and national security, international law and organizations, global environmental policy, human rights and international political economy.

Eurasian Studies Global Neoliberalism Regime Transitions International Law International Relations
Allison Evans
Allison Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor she, her, hers
(775) 682-7712
3931 3932 3933 3934 3904
Contentious Politics Religion and Politics International Relations
Ian M. Hartshorn
Ian M. Hartshorn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7846
3929 3928 3904
International Political Economy Civil-Military Relations Civil Conflict Human Security International Relations
Robert Ostergard
Robert Ostergard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7767
3924 3925 3926 3927 3904
Chinese Politics International Relations
Xiaoyu Pu
Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7759
3923 3904
International Relations
Nicholas Seltzer
Nicholas Seltzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7771
3904
 

Political theory

The political theory area includes political philosophy and its history, contemporary political ideologies, democratic theory, political ethics and evaluation.

Political Theory
Owen Gunehame Fite
Owen Gunehame Fite, Ph.D.
Instructor he/him
(775) 682-7785
3905
Environmental Politics American Political Thought Democratic Theory Social and Revolutionary Movements Political Theory
Callum Ingram
Callum Ingram, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
(775) 682-7770
3964 3916 3963 3962 3905
Big Data and Cybersecurity Behavioral Political Economy Agent-Based Modeling Biopolitics Informational Networks Geographic Information Systems Political Theory
Nicholas Seltzer
Nicholas Seltzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7771
3917 3922 3921 3919 3918 3920 3905
 

Public administration and policy

In addition, public administration and policy includes courses that deal with research methods and techniques for data gathering and analysis.

Public Administration and Policy Public Administration
Brad A. M. Johnson
Brad A. M. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor he, him, his
(775) 682-8608
3906 3911
Public Administration and Policy
Inhwan Ko
Inhwan Ko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor he, him, his
(775) 682-5120
3906
Policy Process Theory Environmental Policy Public Administration and Policy Governance
Elizabeth Koebele
Elizabeth Koebele, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7668
3910 3909 3906 3913