Teaching

Current Classes

  • POLS 209: Provides an introduction to political methodology or to the analysis of political data. Focuses on both statistical concepts (e.g., causation, regression, hypothesis testing) and computation (e.g., R, ggplot2) and emphasize concepts over mathematical formulas. Includes discussions of the role of models in political science, the fundamental problem of causal inference, the important differences between observational and experimental data, conceptual and operational definitions of variables, histograms, measures of location and spread, measures of association, regression, probability theory, sample surveys, statistical inference.

Previous Classes

Undergraduate

  • PSC 101: 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 103: 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.

Graduate

  • PSC 531: Examines the normal-linear model in detail, as well as some of its variants. Includes discussion of linking statistical models and substantive theory, estimating normal linear regression models, working with the inferences, generating confidence intervals to reflect the uncertainty in the point estimates of interest, and creating nice graphics to make your points in a compelling and honest manner.
  • PSC 631: Examines many extensions to the normal-linear model, focusing mainly on maximum likelihood estimation. Includes discussion of linking statistical models and substantive theory, estimating a range of statistical models, working with the inferences, generating confidence intervals to reflect the uncertainty in the point estimates of interest, and creating nice graphics to make your points in a compelling and honest manner.