Current Courses | Past Courses

 

Teaching Interests

Contentious Politics, Human Rights, and Transitional Justice

 

Current Courses

On Leave Fall 2018

 

Past Courses

POLS 344    CIVIL WARS

This course examines modern civil wars, focusing on the causes, conduct, and consequences of these conflicts. The goal of this class is to better understand how civil wars begin and progress so we can ultimately work to end or prevent this type of violence. Emphasis will be placed on applying research and theory within the field of political science to contemporary cases of civil war such as Afghanistan, Columbia, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, and Ukraine. POLS 344 Syllabus

POLS 490 TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Over the last thirty years we have seen a rapid increase in the push for accountability following political transitions and violent conflict as a means of reckoning with gross violations of individual human rights. This seminar is designed as a survey of the existing justice options following armed conflict. In addition to cataloguing the range of different mechanisms that can and have been used to address human rights violations, we discuss the main debates and obstacles surrounding their use.

POLS 669 STATE REPRESSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

States and their governments protect our human rights and paradoxically are the main source of the violation of those rights. This course will review and advance the existing literature on the complex and often violent relationship between state power and challenges to that power with a specific focus on when and how states choose to violate individual human rights. We will focus on the theoretical and methodological study of state repression as well as specific types of repression such as protest policing, torture, and mass killing.

POLS 591 (WVU)    THEORIES AND METHODS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

This course presents an introduction to comparative politics through a survey of the main concepts, theoretical debates and methodological approaches of the field. Readings are divided thematically around key concepts and topics of study. Broad themes that guide this course include: the origins and construction of the state, power and resistance to power, and the logic of political organization, collective action and political violence.

POLS 593H (WVU)    CONTENTIOUS POLITICS

Contentious politics is one of the core sub-fields of political science, encompassing International Relations, Comparative Politics and American Politics. This course presents an introduction to contentious politics through a survey of the main concepts, theoretical debates, and methodological approaches in the sub-field. Broad themes that guide this course include, power and resistance to power, why men (and women) rebel and the logic of collective action and political violence.

POLS 250 (WVU)    INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Comparative Politics compares and contrasts political characteristics of countries around the world and seeks to draw generalizations about these characteristics. This course presents an introduction to Comparative Politics through a survey of the main concepts, theoretical debates, and methodological approaches in this sub-field of Political Science. 

POLS 358 (WVU)    POLITICS OF AFRICA

This course surveys the origins and dimensions of contemporary issues within the sub-Saharan African post-Colonial state.  Focusing on both theoretical work and case studies, students will learn about the politics of the African continent and the people who inhabit it.