Political Science

Faculty Research Interest for Thesis Topics

Faculty Research Interests

Your choice of thesis topic should be guided by the expertise and interests of our faculty. Each of us has identified topics that we would welcome advising.

Professor Hadley Arkes:

  • Political Philosophy
  • Natural Rights and Natural Law
  • The American Founding and the Constitution
  • The laws on abortion, marriage, and the “life issues”
       (stem cell research, assisted suicide)
  • The political thought and statecraft of  Abraham Lincoln
  • Political Parties and American political history
  • The regime and foreign  policy—and interventions abroad

Professor Amrita Basu 

  • Social Movements
  • Religious Nationalism
  • Human Rights Activism
  • South Asian Politics

Professor Kristin Bumiller:

  • Poverty and inequality in the United States, and issues related to race and gender discrimination.
  • Disability Rights and Activism
  • Sexual Violence

Professor Ashley Burns:

  • Public Policy
  • Race and American Politics
  • Social Stratification
  • Urban Politics
  • Social Welfare Policy

Professor Javier Corrales:

  • Democracy and Political Institutions
  • Latin American Politics
  • Political Economy of Development
  • U.S-Latin American Relations
  • All about Cuba

Professor Thomas Dumm:

  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • European Social/Political Theory
  • American Political Culture
  • American Political Thought

Professor Pavel Machala:

  • American Foreign Policy
  • International Relations Theory
  • World Politics
  • Globalization
  • Marxist Theory

Professor Jonathan Obert:

  • American Politics and Political Development
  • Institutions
  • Violence and Conflict
  • Co-Evolution of States and Markets
  • Political Geography

Professor Andrew Poe:

  • Democratic Theory
  • European Social and Political Thought (Modern and Contemporary) 
  • Affect and Emotions
  • Political Theology
  • Fanaticism

Professor Kerry Ratigan:

  • Chinese Politics
  • Social Policy
  • Politics of Authoritarianism and Democratization
  • Social Movements
  • Decentralization and Governance

Professor Austin Sarat:

  • Punishment
  • Death Penalty
  • Politics and Popular Culture

Professor Ronald Tiersky:

  • European Subjects
  • International Relations
  • War and Peace
  • Political Leadership

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