How can we make sense of today’s political climate? Living in such an interesting and information-rich era can be overwhelming—this class seeks to make sense of current events, including attitudes among the public and political behavior among both the public and elites. By structuring readings and discussions around scholarly work and journal articles, I hope to guide students through the politics du jour.  see sample syllabus

This course introduces students to the logic underlying the scientific study of political psychology and politics. We cover a variety of research methods that can be used to study attitudes and opinions in addition to other possible outcomes and applications. Major course topics include theory development, conceptualization and measurement, hypothesis testing, validity, and causality. Many of the concepts will be demonstrated with published examples. Other than two exams, the major course requirement is an independent research design, which requires students to develop a research question and a study capable of testing it using the appropriate methods.  see sample syllabus

How did Trump capture the Republican nomination? How did he win in the general election? How will he work with Democrats and Republicans in Congress? And how will public opinion evolve over his presidency? Students can gain potential answers to these questions as well as a broader perspective of the current presidential administration by enrolling in an online special topics course, The Politics of Trump.  see sample syllabus

What the informed citizen and specialist should know about the organization of American government, including the Constitution and what it means today, the Congress, political parties, pressure groups, growth of the Presidency, the Supreme Court, judicial review, federalism, separation of powers, and the Bill of Rights.  see sample syllabus