Teaching

Politics 360. Revolutions and Social Movements.

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019
This course investigates the politics of protest and revolution, examining the conditions under which protest movements emerge, their choice of protest tactics, the effects of repression and concessions, and the determinants of movement success.  The second part of the course focuses on revolutions, examining the forms that they assume and the conditions under which they develop and prove successful.  Examples discussed include the civil rights, women’s, and environmental movements; the French, Russian, and Iranian revolutions; the collapse of communism; and the color revolutions,... Read more about Politics 360. Revolutions and Social Movements.

Politics 432. Seminar in Comparative Politics: Russia, Ukraine, and the New Cold War

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018
Russia and Ukraine share a long and sometimes violent history that has both united and divided them.  They stand at the center of what has been dubbed “the new Cold War.” This seminar examines politics in Russia and Ukraine since the collapse of communism, focusing on the rise of Putinism, the causes of two revolutions in Ukraine within a decade, and the 2014 invasion of Crimea and war in the Donbass.  Through the Russian-Ukrainian relationship, the course will seek to understand the dilemmas of post-communist development, the roots of “the new Cold War,” and the challenges a... Read more about Politics 432. Seminar in Comparative Politics: Russia, Ukraine, and the New Cold War

Politics 592. Graduate Seminar: Social Movements and Revolutions

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019
This graduate seminar investigates the politics of social movements and revolutions.  These are topics that are sometimes thought of as part of a broader field of “contentious politics”–that is, the variety of forms of mobilized or unconventional collective action that seek to promote or prevent social or political change.  Understood in this way, the field includes not only protest politics of the left and right, but also revolutions, riots, strikes, pogroms, vigilante groups, terrorist movements, peasant uprisings, millenarian movements, and many other phenomena.  We will not... Read more about Politics 592. Graduate Seminar: Social Movements and Revolutions