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Graduate Faculty

Members of the Graduate Field in Government


Cornell’s graduate field of Government has a large and diverse faculty representing the major theoretical, methodological, and substantive areas of contemporary political science. The ratio of faculty to graduate students is excellent; students have the opportunity to work closely with one or more members of the faculty. The faculty makes a special effort to place successful Ph.D. candidates in their first professional position in what has become a highly competitive and very selective academic market.

David Bateman Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
American political institutions/Congress; American political development; Race in American Politics; American constitutionalisms
Richard Bensel
Ph.D., Cornell University
American political development, political economy, state theory, parties and elections
Mabel Berezin, Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Comparative and Historical Sociology, Culture, Political Institutions and Ideologies, Theory, Qualitative Methods, Economy and Society
Valerie Bunce
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Comparative and international politics. Post-communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; transitions to democracy in Europe; regional cooperation and conflict after the Cold War
Allen Carlson
Ph.D., Yale University
International relations. Chinese foreign policy
Stephen Coate, Kiplinger Professor of Public Policy, Dept of Economics
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Political economy; formal theory; campaigns and elections; electoral system
Maria Lorena Cook, Professor of International and Comparative Labor, and Labor Relations, Law, and History
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Comparative politics: Latin America, Mexico; political economy, comparative labor movements, social movements
Peter Enns
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
American politics; American politics; public opinion; representation; quantitative methods
Matthew Evangelista
Ph.D., Cornell University
International relations; ethical issues in international affairs. Comparative Foreign Policy
Gustavo Flores-Macias
Ph.D., Georgetown University
Concentrations: Comparative politics; Research interests: comparative political economy; state building; migration; organized crime
Jason Frank
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Political theory, American political thought
Jill Frank, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Sergio Garcia-Rios
Ph.D., University of Washington
American politics; Latina/o politics, immigration, race and ethnics politics, political participation, and political methodology
Siba Grovogui, Africana Studies and Research Center
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
International relations, political theory, Africana studies
Ronald Herring
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Comparative politics, South Asia; political economy; development, environmental politics
Michael Jones-Correa
Ph.D., Princeton University
American politics; immigration; inter-ethnic conflict, negotiation and coalition-building in US urban areas; social movements; racial and ethnic identity in the United States
Peter J. Katzenstein
Ph.D., Harvard University
Security policy and political economy; relation between international and domestic politics; Germany in Europe and Japan in Asia
Jonathan Kirshner
Ph.D., Princeton University
International relations, international political economy, political economy and national security
Alexander Kuo
Ph.D., Stanford University
Concentrations: Comparative politics; international relations
Sarah Kreps
Ph.D., Georgetown University
International relations; interstate and intrastate conflict; international cooperation and institutions; nonproliferation studies; post-Cold War international order; international law and the use of force
Adam Levine
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Concentrations: American politics; Research interests: political behavior; political participation; campaigns and elections; public opinion
Odette Lienau, Associate Professor of Law
J.D., New York University; Ph.D., Harvard University
International law and international relations; international political economy; sovereign debt; international political and legal theory
Andrew Little, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., New York University
Nondemocratic Elections, Authoritarian Politics, Information Manipulation, Formal Theory
Alexander Livingston
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Democratic theory; American political thought; political ethics; religion and politics
Fredrik Logevall, John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, Dept of History
Ph.D., Yale University
U.S. foreign relations; history of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy; international history of the Cold War and Vietnam War
Andrew Mertha
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Comparative politics; Chinese politics; political institutions; public policy and political participation in non-democracies; domestic politics and international trade; political socialization in authoritarian regimes
Suzanne Mettler
Ph.D., Cornell University
American politics; Minor Public Policy; American political development; public policy; political behavior; gender and politics; race and politics
Jamila Michener, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago
American politics; poverty and inequality; political participation; race and ethnic politics; urban politics; public policy
Richard Miller, Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Harvard University
Political thought and international relations; ethics of international relations, transnational economic relations & war; social justice, status of economic equality, autonomy and community; global power structure; social movements
Victor Nee, Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor, Department of Sociology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Theory, Economic Sociology, Stratification/Inequality, Immigration and Race, Transitions from State Socialism
Thomas Pepinsky
Ph.D., Yale University
Comparative politics; international relations; comparative and international political economy; authoritarianism; Southeast Asia
Aziz Rana, Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Yale University; Ph.D., Harvard University
American political and constitutional thought; American political development; democratic theory; history of social movements; comparative law of postcolonial states
Kenneth Roberts
Ph.D., Stanford University
Comparative politics. Latin American politics, comparative political economy, party systems and political representation, labor and social movements
Diane Rubenstein
Ph.D., Yale University
Political Thought; Contemporary continental political theory Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Lacan, Althusser, Bourdieu, Agamben), Psychoanalysis and politics, Political Rhetoric, Western Marxism, Comparative ideology, Visual Studies
M. Elizabeth Sanders
Ph.D., Cornell University
American political development, social movements, regulation
Martin Shefter
Ph.D., Harvard University
American political development; U.S. political institutions; urban politics
Anna Marie Smith
Ph.D., University of Essex
Contemporary democratic theory, post-structuralist theory, theoretical approaches to the study of racism; lesbian and gay studies
Lowell Turner, Professor of International and Comparative
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Constitutional law; freedom of speech; freedom of religion; church-state relations
Jeremy Wallace
Ph.D., Stanford University
Comparative politics. Authoritarianism, Chinese politics, urbanization, redistribution, and information
Nicolas van de Walle
PhD., Princeton University
Comparative politics; Political economy of development, with a special focus on Africa; on democratization, and on the politics of economic reform. The John S. Knight Professor of International Studies. Professor of Government and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
Steven Ward, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Georgetown University
Christopher Way
Ph.D., Stanford University
International relations; International political economy
Jessica Weiss
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
International Relations; Domestic politics in international relations, Chinese politics and foreign policy, nationalism, xenophobia, and popular protest, state society relations in authoritarian regimes, US-China relations
Emeriti Faculty
Mary Fainsod Katzenstein
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Feminism: women's movement and state policies; Indian politics: gender and ethnicity
Isaac Kramnick
Ph.D., Harvard University
Anglo-American political thought, eighteenth century to the present
Theodore J. Lowi
Ph.D., Yale University
American government and politics. Public policy and administration
Judith Reppy
Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University
Peace studies, military; science and technology
Sidney G. Tarrow
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Comparative politics: Western Europe; social movements and political parties; comparative communism

Primary Contacts

  • Graduate Field Assistant and Job Placement Coordinator Tina Slater
    212 White Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-7901
    tel: (607) 255-3567
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