Courses

During 2012-2013 I am developing courses and the Global Affairs major for Yale-NUS college.

Previously taught courses include:

“The Evolution of International Politics,” (PLSC 153a,b) Yale University, Spring 2012, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2003 and Fall 2001.  Large undergraduate lecture course uses rival theories of international relations to explain changes in world order from  to the present, comparing developments in Europe and Asia.  Primary focus is on the origins of nation-states and empires, and both historical and contemporary alternatives to sovereign statehood in international affairs.

“State-Building,” (PLSC 150, INTS 371), Yale University, Fall 2011, 2010. Advanced Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar on state building in the contemporary world, with a focus on efforts by occupying powers, international organizations, and historical empires to construct stable governance on foreign soil. Theories of state formation; historical state-building efforts by the British, French, Habsburg, and Romanov empires; contemporary cases in Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

“Nationalism,” (PLSC 158a, AFST 328a, INTS 328a), Yale University, Spring 2011, Spring 2008, Fall 2005. Large undergraduate lecture course examines the causes and consequences of nationalism and the sources of identity-based political loyalties.  Draws on cases from Europe, Post Soviet Eurasia, Africa, India, and the Caribbean.

“The Causes of War,” (PLSC 164b), Yale University, Spring2012, 2011, 2006.Examination of classical and contemporary theories of the causes of war, with consideration of historical cases that spawned such theories, including the Peloponnesian War, the Thirty Years’ War, and World Wars I and II.

“International Relations Field Seminar,” (PLSC 679b), Yale University, Fall 2009, Fall 2007, Spring 2007, 2005, 2002.  Graduate field seminar in International Relations.  Surveys main theoretical perspectives in the field of international relations and the methods used to substantiate their claims.

“Nationalism and Identity,” (PLSC 158/655, EPE 412), Yale University, Spring 2010, Fall 2004, 2006.Graduate/Advanced Undergraduate Seminar examines main approaches to nationalism and identity-formation across the social sciences and applies them to an explanation of nationalism, resistance to occupation, secession, and ethnic violence in Eurasia.

“Senior Research Colloquium,” (PLSC 490a), Yale University, Fall 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.  Seminar for political science majors writing the year-long senior essay.  Course focuses on selecting and framing a research question, philosophy of social science, alternative ways of thinking about and demonstrating causation, and fundamentals of research design and method.

“After Communism: The Politics of the Post-Soviet States,” (PLSC 175b), Yale University, Spring 2008, 2006, 2002.  Undergraduate seminar covers central features of the Soviet political and economic order and explores questions of economic transformation, state-building, regime change, and international orientation in the fifteen post-Soviet states.

“Nationalism in the Developing World,” (PLSC 429b/740b), Yale University, Spring 2003.  Graduate/Advanced Undergraduate Seminar covered central theoretical works on nationalism and identification and explored them empirically through case studies of Alsace-Lorraine, the Soviet Union, Kashmir, and Nigeria.

“The Politics of Non-Democratic Regimes,” (PLSC 990-2b), Yale University, Spring 2003.  Directed reading with Ph.D. student.  Reading ranged from classical works on non-democratic regimes to contemporary journalistic or fictional accounts of politics in non-democracies.  Course of study oriented towards an understanding of non-democratic mechanisms of control and legitimation and the development of a typology of non-democratic regimes.

“Norms and Law in International Relations,” (PLSC 665a and LAW 20301a), Yale University, Fall 2002.  Graduate/Advanced Undergraduate Seminar designed to bridge literature in international law and international relations for a more complete understanding of the constitutive and regulatory roles of norms, rules, and law in international politics.

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