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Graduate Faculty

Graduate Field Faculty Members and Their Areas of Specialization


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.

Christopher Anderson
Ph.D., Washington University
Comparative politics, political economy, political behavior, political participation, inequality, elections, democracies.
Richard Bensel
Ph.D., Cornell University
American political development, political economy, state theory, parties and elections.
Susan Buck-Morss
Ph.D., Georgetown University
Critical theory and continental theory (including Russia); visual culture and social theory; political economy and the politics of identity.
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
Matthew Evangelista
Ph.D., Cornell University
International relations; ethical issues in international affairs. Comparative Foreign Policy.
Jason Frank
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Political theory, American political thought.
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; inter-ethnic conflict, negotiation and coalition-building in US urban areas; social movements; racial and ethnic identity in the United States; Latin American politics.
Mary Fainsod Katzenstein
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Feminism: women's movement and state policies; Indian politics: gender and ethnicity.
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.
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.
Sherry L. Martin
Ph.D., Michigan University
Comparative politics (Japan); American politics; mass political participation; party systems; gender and politics, political socialization.
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.
Sidney G. Tarrow
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Comparative politics: Western Europe; social movements and political parties; comparative communism.
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.
Christopher Way
Ph.D., Stanford University
International relations; International political economy.
Additional Faculty in the Graduate Field of Government
Mabel Berezin
Ph.D., Harvard University
Comparative and Historical Sociology, Culture, Political Institutions and Ideologies, Theory, Qualitative Methods, Economy and Society.
Maria Lorena Cook
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Comparative politics: Latin America, Mexico; political economy, comparative labor movements, social movements.
Sydney van Morgan
Ph.D., Cornell University
Comparative politics; Western Europe; nationalism and identity politics; contentious politics; comparative political parties and elections.
Victor Nee
Ph.D., Harvard University
Theory, Economic Sociology, Stratification/Inequality, Immigration and Race, Transitions from State Socialism.
Judith Reppy
Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University
Peace studies, military; science and technology.
Henry Shue
Ph.D. Princeton, 1970
Ethical issues that arise in international affairs, especially issues about the foreign policy of the United States; relative priority of economic rights; the strength of obligations across national boundaries; the morality of nuclear deterrence; the justice of international cooperation on the environment. He was a founding member of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland.
Lowell Turner
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Comparative political economy; Western Europe; German unification, comparative labor.
Emeriti Faculty
Benedict R. Anderson
Ph.D., Cornell University
Comparative government: nationalism; militarism; Southeast Asian studies, especially Indonesia and Thailand. Professor Emeritus.
Martin Bernal
Ph.D., King's College, Cambridge
Comparative politics of the Middle East, Africa and East Asia; history of ideas and the sociology of knowledge. Professor Emeritus.
Milton J. Esman
Ph.D., Princeton University
Ethnic politics; development politics and Administration. Professor Emeritus.
Vivienne B. Shue
Ph.D., Harvard University
State and society in contemporary China; culture and politics in China; topics in Chinese political economy. Professor Emeritus.
Norman T. Uphoff
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Comparative politics: Third-World development; local institutions and participation; South Asia; political economy; development administration. Public policy; sustainable development.

Primary Contacts

  • Graduate Field Assistant and Job Placement Coordinator Tina Slater
    212 White Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-7901
    tel: (607) 255-3567
    fax: (607) 255-4530

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