Since I have taken over as Division Chair, I am not teaching that much. Here are the two active classes that I have been teaching.
PS 135: Analyzing Legislative
The substantive purpose of
this course is to understand legislative elections. We will
example, what role does money play in elections and why do
incumbents do better at the polls. We
will also explore results of legislative elections, such as
divided government. A more important goal
of the course is to develop critical reasoning and analytic
skills in studying political phenomena.
The course is organized in a hybrid fashion somewhere
between a seminar and lecture, meaning
that when necessary to fill in gaps in the reading I will
lecture. The remainder of the time we will
discuss the day’s reading. It is therefore important that
students do the reading and participate in
class discussion. In order to ensure that all students
participate, as necessary I will selectively call
SS 228: Applied Data Analysis for the
The purpose of this seminar
is to familiarize the students with the applied topics in
We will start with review of basic techniques of regression
diagnostics and go all the way to MCMC methods.
Students will also learn to use R.