Research Fields

The Political Science curriculum at the University of Nevada Reno is divided into five fields:

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.

  • Robert Dickens: American politics, legislative process, Nevada politics and intergovernmental relations
  • William Eubank: American politics, judicial process, constitutional law, rational choice, research methods, terrorism, political parties, voting and elections
  • Eric Herzik: American politics, presidency, state and local politics
  • John Marini: American politics, congress, presidency and policy process
  • Jennifer Ring: Women and politics, racial and ethnic minorities politics, race and politics

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.

  • Ian M. Hartshorn: Comparative politics, comparative and international politics of labor, religion and politics, transitions and authoritarianism, contentious politics, political science pedagogy
  • Susanne Martin: Comparative politics and international relations; political parties; terrorism and violence
  • Xiaoyu Pu: Comparative politics, Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy and emerging powers
  • Todd Smith: Climate change adaptation, African politics

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.

  • Ian M. Hartshorn: Middle East studies, comparative and international politics of labor, international relations, religion and politics, transitions and authoritarianism, contentious politics, political science pedagogy
  • Robert Ostergard: International relations and security policy, comparative politics (regional focus on Africa), international political economy, civil‐military relations and civil conflict
  • Xiaoyu Pu: Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy and emerging powers

Political Theory

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

  • John Marini: Political philosophy, American political thought and liberal theory
  • Jennifer Ring: Marxism, contemporary political theory, deconstruction, American political thought
  • Nicholas Seltzer: Big data analytics and social-political implications of big data, informational networks, agent-based modeling, biopolitics, behavioral political economy, quantitative research methodology, geographic information systems

Public Administration and Policy

In addition, there are several courses in methodology that deal with research methods and techniques for data gathering and analysis.

  • Robert Dickens: Public policy, land and water politics and policy
  • Eric Herzik: Policymaking and administration
  • Aleksey Kolpakov: Public administration, public human resource management, public policy and public policy analysis
  • John Marini: Public policy
  • Todd Smith: Poverty reduction, sustainable development, climate change adaption and food security
  • Leah Wilds: Public policy, environmental politics, western water policy and global environmental policy