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.

 

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.

Legislative Process Intergovernmental Relations Nevada Politics
Robert E. Dickens
Robert E. Dickens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 784-1417
TB 231
3946 3954 3947
Judicial Process Constitutional Law Voting and Elections
William Eubank
William Eubank, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7761
TB 202
3948 3949 3950
Congress Presidency State and Local Politics
Jeremy Gelman
Jeremy Gelman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7666
TB 210
3952 3953 3951
Nevada Politics Presidency
Eric Herzik
Eric Herzik, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7764
TB 203
3947 3953
State and Local Politics
Christina Ladam
Christina Ladam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7751
TB 223
3951
Congress Presidency
John Marini
John Marini, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7766
TB 201
3952 3953
 

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.

Protest and Social Movements Political Economy
Allison Evans
Allison Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7712
TB 204
3936 3937
Transitions and Authoritarianism Contentious Politics International Politics of Labor
Ian M. Hartshorn
Ian M. Hartshorn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7846
TB 227
3941 3956 3955
Political Parties Terrorism and Violence
N. Susanne Martin
N. Susanne Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7763
TB 205
3942 3939
Chinese Foreign Policy Chinese Politics
Xiaoyu Pu
Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
(775) 682-7759
TB 211
3957 3958
Gendered Violence Corruption European Politics
Carolyn M. Warner
Carolyn M. Warner, Ph.D.
Chair; Vail Pittman Professor of Political Science
(775) 682-6462
TB 225
3943 3944 3945
Internet and Politics Comparative Democratization Post-Soviet Politics
Steven Lloyd Wilson
Steven Lloyd Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7667
TB 212
3966 3965 3967
 

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
Allison Evans
Allison Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7712
TB 204
3931 3932 3933 3934
Religion and Politics Contentious Politics
Ian M. Hartshorn
Ian M. Hartshorn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7846
TB 227
3928 3929
Security Policy International Political Economy Civil-Military Relations Civil Conflict
Robert Ostergard
Robert Ostergard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7767
TB 214
3927 3924 3925 3926
Chinese Politics
Xiaoyu Pu
Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
(775) 682-7759
TB 211
3923
 

Political theory

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

American Political Thought
Callum Ingram
Callum Ingram, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7770
TB 230
3916
Political Philosophy American Political Thought
John Marini
John Marini, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7766
TB 201
3915 3916
Big Data Analytics Behavioral Political Economy Agent-Based Modeling Biopolitics Informational Networks Geographic Information Systems
Nicholas Seltzer
Nicholas Seltzer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7771
TB 224
3917 3922 3921 3919 3918 3920
 

Public administration and policy

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

Land and Water Politics Public Policy
Robert E. Dickens
Robert E. Dickens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 784-1417
TB 231
3908 3907
Policymaking and Administration
Eric Herzik
Eric Herzik, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7764
TB 203
3914
Environmental Policy Policy Process Theory Governance
Elizabeth Koebele
Elizabeth Koebele, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7668
TB 226
3909 3910 3913
Public Human Resource Management Public Policy
Aleksey Kolpakov
Aleksey Kolpakov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7765
TB 213
3912 3907
Public Policy
John Marini
John Marini, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7766
TB 201
3907