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Faculty in American Politics contribute to our strengths in campaigns and elections and the study of women and politics. Race and Politics is also an area of strength. Faculty are skilled in several core methodological approaches, such as survey research, experimental designs, and content analysis.
Faculty in Comparative Politics contribute to the graduate program’s strengths in the study of ethnic and religious conflict, comparative campaign and elections, and women and politics. Faculty incorporate a variety of approaches and methodologies, including political behavior, political processes, rational choice theory, and policies, as well as incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Regions of particular emphasis include Europe , Eurasia, Latin America, and Africa.
At ASU, we have strength in the study of ethnic and religious conflict, human rights, and classic security issues. Our faculty employ a diverse set of tools and philosophical approaches to understand these issues, including quantitative and formal methods as well as critical theory and comparative case study analysis
Methods and Models includes the study of quantitative and qualitative methods as well as formal theory. Faculty focus on the development and application of mathematical methods and models for broad use in the social sciences, and offer rigorous training that is integrated with the major substantive areas of political science. Faculty have conducted research and published on a broad range of methods and applications, including algorithmic modeling, survey and field experiments, model averaging and selection, causal inference, graphical models, statistical computing, game theory and social choice theory. Faculty have also done important work linking qualitative methods with both quantitative and formal analysis. ASU provides a dynamic environment in which to discuss, develop, and design methods and models of politics. Students have access to state of the art survey, experimental, and focus group facilities at the ASU Institute for Social Science Research.In addition to departmental seminars that highlight innovative research on new methods and models, the broader university has variety of fora of interest to political methodologists, including for example the Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation , Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, the Agent-Based Modeling Consortium, and the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center.
Faculty research interests cover a range of topics in the history of political thought and contemporary political theory. Historical topics include Rousseau, histories of concepts, and modern liberalism. Faculty research areas include autonomy and freedom; rights and obligations; citizenship, civic virtues, and the idea of the common good; and various issues in democratic political theory.