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.

 

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.

Judicial Process Constitutional Law Voting and Elections
William Eubank
William Eubank, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7761
TB 202
3948 3949 3950
State and Local Politics
Allison Evans
Allison Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor she, her, hers
(775) 682-7712
TB 204
3951
Presidency Nevada Politics State and Local Politics Congress Legislative Process Voting and Elections
Jeremy Gelman
Jeremy Gelman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7666
TB 210
3953 3947 3951 3952 3946 3950
Nevada Politics State and Local Politics Voting and Elections
Christina Ladam
Christina Ladam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7751
TB 223
3947 3951 3950
Presidency Congress
John Marini
John Marini, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7766
TB 201
3953 3952
 

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.

Labor, Protest and Oppression Political Economy and Development
Allison Evans
Allison Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor she, her, hers
(775) 682-7712
TB 204
3936 3937
Transitions and Authoritarianism Contentious Politics International Politics of Labor Labor, Protest and Oppression Political Economy and Development
Ian M. Hartshorn
Ian M. Hartshorn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
(775) 682-7846
TB 227
3941 3956 3955 3936 3937
Labor, Protest and Oppression
Callum Ingram
Callum Ingram, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
(775) 682-7770
TB 231
3936
Political Parties Terrorism and Violence
N. Susanne Martin
N. Susanne Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7763
TB 205
3942 3939
Political Economy and Development
Robert Ostergard
Robert Ostergard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7767
TB 214
3937
Chinese Foreign Policy Chinese Politics Political Economy and Development
Xiaoyu Pu
Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7759
TB 232
3957 3958 3937
Political Economy and Development
Nicholas Seltzer
Nicholas Seltzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7771
TB 203
3937
 

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.

Human Security
Laura Blume
Laura Blume, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor she, her, hers
(775) 682-7667
TB 212
3927
Eurasian Studies Global Neoliberalism Regime Transitions International Law
Allison Evans
Allison Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor she, her, hers
(775) 682-7712
TB 204
3931 3932 3933 3934
International Political Economy Civil-Military Relations Civil Conflict Human Security
Robert Ostergard
Robert Ostergard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7767
TB 214
3924 3925 3926 3927
Chinese Politics
Xiaoyu Pu
Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7759
TB 232
3923
Religion and Politics Human Security
Carolyn M. Warner
Carolyn M. Warner, Ph.D.
Chair; Vail Pittman Professor of Political Science
(775) 682-6462
TB 225
3928 3927
 

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; Director of Undergraduate Studies
(775) 682-7770
TB 231
3916
Political Philosophy American Political Thought
John Marini
John Marini, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7766
TB 201
3915 3916
Behavioral Political Economy Agent-Based Modeling Biopolitics Informational Networks Geographic Information Systems Big Data and Cybersecurity
Nicholas Seltzer
Nicholas Seltzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7771
TB 203
3922 3921 3919 3918 3920 3917
 

Public administration and policy

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

Environmental Policy Policy Process Theory Governance
Elizabeth Koebele
Elizabeth Koebele, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-7668
TB 226
3909 3910 3913
Public Policy
John Marini
John Marini, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-7766
TB 201
3907