Political Science research
The University of Nevada, Reno is classified as an R-1 Carnegie rated “very high research” institute. Not only does this elevate our University by obtaining high-level experts, but it’s great for our students to engage and participate in research projects with faculty.
All of our faculty in the Political Science Department are involved in individual or collaborative research efforts which are widely published by academic presses and in political science journals. Our faculty are supported in their research efforts through funding and other assistance and we encourage our students to get involved in a research project of interest. Review our research areas below and find a faculty member to connect with in that field.
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.
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.
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.
The political theory area includes political philosophy and its history, contemporary political ideologies, democratic theory, political ethics and evaluation.
Public administration and policy
In addition, public administration and policy includes courses that deal with research methods and techniques for data gathering and analysis.