Courses for Fall 2013:
PSC 101: Introduction to American Politics
Examines the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the political science subfield of American politics. Includes discussions of voter turnout, negative campaign advertising, party competition, representation, and the president's ability to impact policy.
PSC 200: Empirical Political Science
Focuses on the methodological underpinnings of political science research. Includes a through discussion of how to make and critique arguments for causal claims and a basic, intuitive discussion of regression models and statistical inference.
CPO 2002: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Focuses on examining the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the political science subfield of comparative politics. Includes discussion of democratization, executives, elections, and electoral institutions. Last taught in Spring 2012.
POS 3713: Research Methods
Focuses on the methodological underpinnings of political science research. Includes discussion of theoretical models, measurement, descriptive statistics, basic inference, and regression modeling. Last taught Summer 2012.
POS 5746: Advanced Quantitative Analayis (Lab)
Statistical computing lab taught in conjunction with the advanced graduate methods course in the Department of Political Science. Covered general computing topics, such as loops, matrix manipulation, and optimization, implementation of specific statistical models, and statistical graphics. Last taught in Fall 2010.
Series of two 2.5 hours lectures given in the Special Topics in Political Methodology class in the Department of Political Science. Covered the key ideas of hierarchical modeling, including some discussion of Bayesian prior distributions. Focused on the theoretical intuition, computer implementation (including WinBUGS/JAGS), and presentation of results.