Politics Major

Program Overview

The Department of Politics offers a stimulating, balanced curriculum, which covers all fields of the profession: political theory, American and comparative politics, and international relations. We strive to address the continuing questions of government and society while seeking to solve the problems that surround them. Our students are encouraged to seek out and understand what is politically possible and create applicable solutions.

Our dedicated faculty has interests in all disciplines of political science, as well as a variety of interdisciplinary programs. They remain deeply connected to real-world political issues that face our world and its governments.

Coursework is designed to develop your critical thinking and analytical skills along with your oral and written communication abilities. Throughout the program you will experience the political process first-hand by actively participating in classroom discussions and debates, internships and research projects. Upon graduation, you will be well versed in the affairs and theories of the contemporary world and have the skills to succeed in the job market or continue on to graduate or law school.

Politics Spring 2017

Requirements

Major in Politics

For a 30-credit major in politics, students:

  • complete PO 11: Introduction to American Politics;
  • complete PO 12: Introduction to Comparative Politics;
  • complete PO 14: Introduction to Political Theory; and
  • complete seven upper-division (100-level or greater) politics courses. Majors complete one upper-division course in each of the following areas: political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and American politics.

 

Minor in Politics

For an 18-credit minor in politics, students:

  • complete PO 11: Introduction to American Politics;
  • complete PO 12: Introduction to Comparative Politics;
  • complete PO 14: Introduction to Political Theory; and
  • complete three upper-division (100-level or greater) politics courses taken in any politics subfield or as internships or independent study offered by the department.

 

View Politics Learning Objectives (PDF)

Course Offerings

See Politics course descriptions from our catalog for more information

All Politics Majors are required to take the following courses:

  • PO 11: Introduction to American Politics
  • PO 12: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PO 14: Introduction to Political Theory

 

Following the required courses, majors complete seven upper-division courses in each of the following areas: political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and American politics.

Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics is the comparative study of political systems and individual nations around the globe. The field includes scholars with expertise in area studies (considerable knowledge of specific geographic locales) and scholars who emphasize cross-national comparisons.

Comparative Courses

  • PO 139: European Politics
  • PO 140: Islam and Muslim Politics
  • PO 141: African Politics
  • PO 142: Latin American Politics
  • PO 143: Caribbean Politics
  • PO 144: Middle East Politics
  • PO 145: Asian Politics
  • PO 146: Three Giants in Asia
  • PO 147: Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace
  • PO 148: Political Violence
  • PO 149: Third World: Common Fate? Common Bond?
  • PO 249: Seminar on Russia
  • PO 344: Seminar on Middle East Politics

 

International Relations

International relations (IR) is the subfield of political science that seeks to explain patterns of conflict and cooperation between and across political systems. IR studies issues such as war, peace, trade and economic cooperation, terrorism, international organizations, international law, humanitarian intervention, environmental cooperation and many other issues using multiple theories and methods. 

International Relations Courses

  • PO 127: United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation
  • PO 129: Politics of Humanitarian Action
  • PO 130/IL 51: International Relations: Theories and Challenges
  • PO 131: International Environmental Policy
  • PO 132: Climate Change: Politics and Policy
  • PO 133: United States Foreign Policy
  • PO 134: Globalization: Who Rules the World?
  • PO 135: Introduction to International Law
  • PO 136/IL 151: Gender, War and Peace
  • PO 137: Threats to Global Security in the 21st Century
  • PO 138: Border Politics

 

American Politics

American Politics is the study of political institutions, electoral behavior, political culture, and policy change in the United States. It also studies the changing role of the United States in an increasingly global world. Faculty research in American Politics includes diverse areas such as: Law and Politics, Party Polarization and Policy Change, Politics of Family, Urban Politics, Interest Groups, and Media and Politics.

American Politics Courses

  • PO 115: Introduction to the Study of Peace and Justice
  • PO 150: Urban Politics
  • PO 155: Public Administration
  • PO 161: The American Presidency
  • PO 162: United States Congress
  • PO 163: Supreme Court
  • PO 165: Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • PO 166: American Public Policy
  • PO 167: Media and Politics
  • PO 169: US Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PO 170: Battle over Family Values in American Politics

 

Politcal Theory

Power.  Justice.  Freedom.  Citizenship. Political theory courses invite students into the adventure of learning more about these ideas and many others by critically engaging with the work of thinkers such as Plato, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, and Carole Pateman in order to better understand the political world in which we live today.

Political Theory Courses

  • PO 112: 21st Century Power Politics
  • PO 116: Utopian Politics
  • PO 118: American Political Thought
  • PO 119: Sex, Sexuality and Gender
  • PO 123: Modern Political Ideologies
  • PO 153: Politics of Race, Class, and Gender
  • PO 220: Seminar on Feminist Theory

 

Internships, Independent Study, Special Topics 

  • PO 190: Special Topics in Politics
  • PO 296: State Legislature Internship
  • PO 297: Washington Semester Internship
  • PO 298: Politics Internship
  • PO 390: Politics Seminar
  • PO 398: Independent Study/Research

Ready to Run™ Connecticut

Ready to Run™ Connecticut is a nonpartisan, women's leadership and campaign training program designed to empower women to become active participants in Connecticut's political process. Modeled after the Center of American Women and Politics (CAWP) national program at Rutgers University, Ready to Run™ Connecticut offers women an all-day workshop series that equips them with the necessary strategies, knowledge and networking tools to effectively pursue leadership positions in state and local government.

Faculty

The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff and reputed scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others.

 

 

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

Politics Program Faculty Accomplishments Award being handed out

Early this year, Professor Marcie Patton received an Applied Ethics Research Grant to support her research wind power initiatives in Turkey.  Professor Patton’s project explains that the topic of ‘clean energy’ remains underexplored from an ethical perspective because it is assumed that green energy promotes environmental sustainability. Yet, if we include in our understanding of environmental sustainability avoidance of harmful impacts on nature (biodiversity of plant and animal species), on human life space, and on cultural heritage questions about the ethical dimensions of clean energy arise. Professor Patton explores such ethical dimensions by looking at the conflict between government-backed wind power developers in Turkey and opponents of plans to install 13 wind turbines that will trace the coastline of the Aegean Sea spanning the highest hilltops on the Bodrum peninsula.

Professor Jocelyn Boryczka won the Christian Bay Best Paper Award from the New Political Science section of the APSA. Boryczka’s paper “An Anatomy of Sexism: The colonized Vagina” advances a contemporary understanding of sexism as a political concept critical to understanding and fighting against women’s ongoing oppression. The paper accomplishes this by developing an intersectional conceptual history of sexism that contributes to political theorists’ work on conceptual history and intersectionality. Introducing intersectionality in a conceptual history of sexism in early radical feminist thought frames the subjectivity and material reality  of political actors as fluid differences influenced by changing contexts and interrupted a disruptive temporality that undermines conventional views of progress in human history.

Professor Gwendoline Alphonso’s article “From Need to Hope: The American Family and Poverty in Partisan Discourse, 1900-2012” won the Ellis Hawley Prize for the best article by a junior scholar published in the Journal of Policy and History. The article uses an analysis of party platforms between 1900 and 2012 to argue that the kind of antipoverty policies pursued by the Democratic and Republican parties in different periods can be explained by the kinds of family ideals these parties hold. It thus demonstrates that the current diminished salience of poverty as a public policy issue is but the latest phase in an ongoing political process that ties family ideals to parties and their policies. The article was recently cited to explain Republican and Democratic Platforms in 2016 in FiveThirtyEight's political analysis and public opinion blog.

 

Professor David Downie’s new book, Global Environmental Politics, 7th Edition was published in August 2016 and was listed by Amazon as the #1 Hot New Release in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.  Other recent publications include David Downie, “Still No Time for Complacency: Evaluating the Ongoing Success and Continued Challenge of Global Ozone Policy.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s13412-014-0199-3. Downie was also recently named to the editorial board of a forthcoming Association of Environmental Studies and Science book series.

Internships

Internships for credit are available with:‌

  • The Connecticut state legislature
  • Local governments
  • Public interest agencies
  • The federal government through a semester-long program of study in Washington, D.C.

 

Washington, D.C. internships:

  • The White House
  • Cabinet departments
  • Congressional offices
  • Special interest groups

 

Connecticut internships:

  • Connecticut state legislators in the city offices of Bridgeport
  • First Selectman's office of the Town of Fairfield
  • International Executive Service Corps
  • Save the Children

 

City of Bridgeport Internship Program:

In 2013, Fairfield University, in partnership with the City of Bridgeport, set up a new internship program to place students with Bridgeport city government agencies. Administrators of the program will work with students to place them in city agencies that match their academic majors and interests such as the Mayer's office, the animal shelter, the environmental science office, the city attorney's office, etc.

For a full list of opportunities and responsibilities, check out the webpage.

 

Research and Study Abroad 

A number of our majors have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for research and study abroad. In recent years, recipients of Fulbrights have studied in Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, Morocco, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

 

Recent Internships for Fall 2014/Spring 2015:

  • Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
  • Mercy Learning Center
  • City of Bridgeport departments/lawyer's offices
  • Save the Children                 
  • Daniel Malloy Campaign (Governor of Connecticut)
  • Rep. Jim Himes office
  • Kevin Coyner’s campaign for state rep from Fairfield 

For more information, contact Edie Cassidy at ecassidy4@fairfield.edu

Student Spotlight

Richard Burke in front of presidential sealRichard Burke '17 
Undergrad Degree: Politics
Hometown: Rockaway Park, New York
Extracurriculars: Paper presentations at the Western Political Science Association, Northeastern Political Science Associations, Lawrence Scholars Program, Pi Sigma Alpha Conference, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honors Society, Resident Assistant, New Student Leader.

 

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

I chose Fairfield University because I noticed from the beginning that Fairfield’s faculty members were interested in working with students and were concerned with ensuring that every student had an enriching learning experience. This was my hope as a prospective student and has been confirmed over the course of my four years. This desire of the faculty to both know and work with their students has allowed me to develop my longstanding passion for politics in ways that I could not have imagined.

 

Describe a project/s done through the politics program or under the supervision of/ in collaboration with politics faculty that you are particularly proud of:

Since my sophomore year I have been working with Dr. Gwendoline Alphonso of the Politics Department on several research projects. My first project was a paper entitled, “From Godless Government to the Faith-Based State” which explored the role of religious and economic ideas in shaping George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. This paper was presented at the Western Political Science Association 2016 meeting in San Diego, California. My paper was then published by Critique: A Worldwide Student Journal of Politics which is listed with the American Political Science Association and housed at Illinois State University. Since this project, I continue to work on research projects with Dr. Alphonso. I have presented other research at the Northeastern Political Science Conference in Boston and at the Political Science Honors Society’s National Conferences. My research has received significant support and funding from the Lawrence Scholars and Corrigan Scholars program. These experiences were crucial to my acceptance at multiple doctoral programs in political science. Central to my success has been Dr. Alphonso’s patient and insightful mentorship that has allowed me to develop my own scholarly style and interests.

 

What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

Fairfield University’s Politics faculty remains committed to the “big questions” of the social sciences and this makes the discipline engaging and thought-provoking for an undergraduate. This is due to both the personal qualities and interests of the faculty, as well as the Jesuit mission of Fairfield University which has a strong commitment to social justice. The questions we discuss in the classroom are edifying not just from a scholarly perspective, but from a human perspective. In my experience, questions of justice, the social good, and the impact of politics on the lives of real people has never been excluded from the classroom. This emphasis combined with the faculty’s insistence on dialogue and group discussion has made the classroom a place of profound learning. For this reason, I am deeply satisfied with the education that I have received.

 

cas_eng_enxhiName: Enxhi Myslymi '15
Undergrad Degree: Double Major in Politics and English/Journalism
Hometown: Waterbury, Connecticut Born: Tirana, Albania
Extracurriculars: Present paper at Western Political Science Association (WPSA); Hardiman Scholars Research Grant; Managing Editor of The Mirror; Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France (Jan. 2014-May 2014); Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society; Pi Sigma Alpha Politics Honor Society; Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society; Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society; Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Member

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

Fairfield University has everything and more for prospective students looking for a small, traditional, liberal arts university. 

 

Describe a project done through the politics program that you are particularly proud of:

During my senior year, I have worked with two wonderful professors, Dr. Jocelyn Boryczka and Dr. Gwendoline Alphonso, on two separate research projects. With Dr. Boryczka I am writing a conference paper based on theories by Michel Foucault, supplemented by Sigmund Freud, Simone de Beauvoir and Cynthia Enloe to further feminist thought in the context of sex, gender and sexuality. I am using shaving culture in the U.S. to discuss social, political, and economic constructions placed on men and women that gender stereotypes. The paper will be presented on a panel with Dr. Boryczka at the Western Political Science Association conference.

With Dr. Alphonso, we are collaborating to highlight the role of the family in 21st century U.S. party politics. Our work also includes placing data analysis of family policy within theoretical frameworks of sectionalism, party polarization and the rightward turn in the late 20th century. We are aiming to submit the paper at Fairfield’s “Celebrating American Politics” conference on campus.

 

What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

One of Fairfield’s strengths is their academics and the Politics Department is the perfect example. The faculty is encouraging, dedicated and committed to their students, and I cannot count the number of times I have sat in my professors’ offices discussing my future – or just having a cup of coffee. Each faculty member takes an interest in students’ lives, and this fact is what sets Fairfield apart from other universities because the professors truly care about each student. I remember being a freshman in a politics course and being extremely concerned about developing a thesis for my paper, so I went to my professor’s office hours and went over the paper word for word. Politics professors at Fairfield really take the time to improve their students’ academic experiences, and at the end of my four years here, I can wholeheartedly say that the faculty has become a part of my family.

 

cas_pol_tourgeeName:  Olivia Tourgee '16
Undergrad Degree: History and Politics Major, Philosophy and Management Minor
Hometown: West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Extracurricular Activities: FUSA Class of 2016 President, Captain of the Fairfield University Equestrian Team, Women’s Club Soccer Goalkeeper

What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful and encouraging?

I found the politics professors to stand out from other departments. They have all been incredibly intelligent in their fields and have real-life experience in the areas in which they are passionate. Moreover, the politics professors I have had have always been extremely personable and down-to-earth. This combination results in engaging, interesting, and educational classes that bring learning beyond the classroom doors. In addition, politics professors are always the most organized and clear with their expectations. The way in which they present information and repeat what is most important is also incredibly beneficial. I enjoy politics classes because of the professors’ teaching styles, which make the courses enjoyable and very educational.

 

Describe the ways that the university’s Jesuit mission and identity had a positive influence in your academic and personal experience while at Fairfield.

The Magis Jesuit value has really defined my experience at Fairfield University. Magis means "more" and in everything I do I try to fulfill that. For instance, I am always yearning and striving to do and accomplish more. Whether it is academically, socially, or with extracurricular activities, I try to do as much as I can. Giving more is a challenging process that is emotionally, mentally, and physically trying. Yet at the end of the day, the week, the month, the semester, and the year, I am thankful and proud that I decided to give more. Academically and personally, this Jesuit value has had a positive influence on my experience here at Fairfield University. 

Alumni Spotlight

Klevisa KovaciName/ Class:  Klevisa Kovaci / Class of 2014
Undergrad Degree: BA in Politics / International Studies / French
Extracurriculars (college): Model United Nations, French Club, Politics Research Assistant, French Assistant Teacher, University Orchestra
Current Hometown:
Name of employer: United Nations
Job title & brief description of duties: Operations Coordinator of the "Youth Assembly at the United Nations" program.

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

Several features and reasons attracted me to Fairfield University, particularly its academics. As my professional interests are in international affairs, I selected Fairfield University primarily for its extensive curriculum and courses in International Studies and global politics, as well as its practical opportunities in the field, such as study abroad. Additionally, Fairfield University’s Jesuit tradition and reputation of high quality teaching, all nestled in a beautiful, comfortable campus made attending the university desirable for me. Among other reasons, the generous financial aid offered by the university also was of immense help in financing my education there.

 

How did Fairfield’s Jesuit education prepare you for your future?

A Jesuit education is one of the greatest assets of Fairfield University. It teaches and facilitates a high level of critical thinking and exposure to different disciplines, especially through the liberal arts and sciences. This is crucial for problem solving and producing high quality work in a professional setting. In fact, some of the most mind-opening and thought-provoking courses that I took in my higher education career were in the liberal arts, such as philosophy courses.

Beyond quality of education and teaching, a Jesuit education plays a crucial role in the community and society, that is, through service and ethics. The Jesuit mantra of “men and women for others,” for instance, emphasizes social responsibility to one another for a better world. The Jesuit identity manifests itself in numerous ways at Fairfield University: service learning, service trips, the Center for Faith and Public Life, and more. Through the Jesuit values, Fairfield University prepares graduates to be guided by the highest ethical standards, and to use their experiences and skills to make a positive impact in the world.

How did you select your major/minor? And how did that contribute to your professional/personal life?

I attended Fairfield University, particularly because it was one of few universities that offered a major in my main interest of international studies. After taking some advanced political science courses, I added a major in Politics in order to complement my education with one of the most pertinent and essential disciplines of political science. The variety of courses and sub-specializations in the Politics major allowed me to customize my knowledge in the field. Meanwhile, my minor in Philosophy helped me to further delve into the critical thinking of a liberal arts and Jesuit education.

Afterwards, political science framed my thinking as the principal discipline in which I analyze issues and conduct work. At the same time, the added interdisciplinary nature of International Studies, helped me to link Politics with other fields such as economics and management in graduate school and for professional work. Then, the knowledge and skills learned from my major in Politics (analyzing, critical thinking, research, and more) directly came into use when I worked for the Albanian Mission to the UN, with UN Women in Kosovo, and more. In essence, my majors at Fairfield University trained and further inspired me to work in the career field of international affairs.

 

What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

I believe that the faculty of Fairfield University is one its greatest facets. The professors and advisors have a strong focus on and commitment to undergraduate students, while simultaneously engaging in the most pressing issues through research and advocacy. The faculty are available for students and involved in their education beyond the classroom, such as through availability during office hours for assistance or discussions, and as advisors of extracurricular clubs. Professors are always informing students and encouraging them to be involved in opportunities like internships and international study programs. This close, individual interaction and communication between faculty and students at Fairfield University is invaluable. Having completed graduate education in the US and abroad, I can attest that the quality of teaching, and the professors’ care and attention to imparting knowledge at Fairfield University stands out among American universities as well international ones.

How did you come to work in your current career field and what inspires you about your work?

Inspired by my experience at Fairfield University, I went on to a dual Master's program in International Affairs and Development at Columbia University and Science Po. Since then, I interned with UN Women in Kosovo, consulted for an NGO in Indonesia, and taught English in China. 

Currently, I work as Operations Coordinator of the "Youth Assembly at the United Nations" program. There, I help to set up conferences for young people from around the world to engage with the UN headquarters in issues of sustainable development and human rights. I enjoy connecting with young people and helping to bring out their potential for social good. 

My biggest motivation in work is to make a difference, while also experiencing the best of the world to its fullest. Broadly, I aim to support mission-driven organizations and groups in contributing to building stronger, fairer, and sustainable societies.

 

Name: Jennifer Amdur '09
Undergraduate Degree: BA in Politics. Minor in Psychology and Peace and Justice
Current hometown:
Fairfield, Connecticut         
Name of employer: The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC  www.theberkowitzlawfirm.com

Job title & brief description of duties: Attorney
I devote 100% of my practice to litigation. My primary area of practice is medical malpractice representing victims of medical negligence, abuse, and neglect. The clients whom I represent have serious, permanent and life-altering injuries for which I am involved in seeking appropriate damages and compensation. As a trial lawyer, I am consistently litigating for fair, equitable, and just compensation for those who have been injured by the negligence of another—either an individual, medical provider, or corporation. My daily job duties are constantly influx depending upon the needs of my clients, as I am involved in my clients’ cases from the first client meeting or phone call up through trial or alternative dispute resolution.

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

I choose to attend Fairfield after a tour of the campus. I fell in love with the energy of the campus and the opportunity I saw in front of me. I also was drawn to the core curriculum as I felt it would prepare me for law school after graduation. 

 

How did you select your major/minor? And how did that contribute to your professional/personal life?

I am a firm believer that politics are everywhere. My politics/political science degree encouraged me to see the world and its actions through the lens of the political world. In everyday life, personal and professional, politics is active and engaged. It is empowering, especially as an attorney, to understand the different political goals and interests of different agencies, opponents, and political systems. Further, politics interests me, thus, spending my time at Fairfield learning and searching for answers through the political lens was gratifying and invigorated me to continue to learn about current political motivations, policies, and practices. 

 

How did you come to work in your current career field and what inspires you about your work?

I obtained a summer associate position during law school at a large firm which specialized in medical malpractice. I was instantly inspired with this area of practice, which at the time was completely foreign to me, as I truly felt I was helping and supporting individuals who were in need of an advocate and would otherwise be unable to assist themselves against the medical institutions. Additionally, many of the clients I work with need both legal support and social/emotional aid or support and it is always inspiring to help an individual obtain the assistance they so require. On a daily basis, I am also inspired by so many of my clients who have done so much in the face of debilitating adversity. 

 

How did Fairfield’s Jesuit education prepare you for your future?

Fairfield University’s Jesuit ideal of “being men and women for others” is present in my daily life. As a social justice message for each person to find a career or an activity which is both personally and socially rewarding is a constant theme at Fairfield. I took that message and have applied it to my life in a variety of ways. Additionally, I was involved in a number of social justice extracurricular activities which were imperative to shaping my personal and professional opinions, activities, and my career choice. Lastly, I was actively involved in the extracurricular activities focused on women and women’s rights. My involvement led me to be the President of my Women’s Law Society and I have been actively involved in the Connecticut Trial Lawyer’s Women’s’ Caucus. 

Politics Honor Society

Mission

To stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science.

 

Description

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. It is open to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in political science who have achieved the required level of academic excellence. See the website at http://www.pisigmaalpha.org/

 

Society Information

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. The society functions at the national level, sponsoring programs and events of value to the profession and teaching of political science, and at the chapter level. Each chapter is encouraged to provide a framework for enriching ...the exposure of its members and the wider university community to the study of government and issues of public concern. The goals of Pi Sigma Alpha are consistent with the aims of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) as set out in the ACHS Booklet of Information. This material provides a good framework for understanding the meaning and value of a political science honor society and its place on an American campus, and makes worthwhile reading.

 

Fairfield Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha:

Chapter (Name): Kappa Chi

Adviser: Dr. Gwendoline Alphonso (galphonso@fairfield.edu)

President: Kaneez Anwar '15

Vice-President: Xhensila Spahiu '15

Treasurer/Secretary: Katherine Rockwell '15

Research Resources

Undergraduate research resources

To learn about the field of Political Science

  1. The American Political Science Association

The best starting point for research is the Fairfield University Library. See “Best Bets For Starting Your Research” on the library website first 

 

American Politics

 

State Government Agencies and Policy Institutions

  • The Council of State Governments (links to all 50 state government home pages; the council also has extensive news reports on policy activities within the states)
  • Health and Environmental Agencies of all U.S. and Territories (EPA)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (conducts extensive research on a wide range of environmental energy and natural resource issues)
  • National Governors Associations (maintains active research programs concerning state environmental protection, natural resource, and energy concerns. The site maintains the database “best practices” which is used to promote diffusion of promising innovation and demonstrate state capacity in federal policy deliberation)

 

General research sources in current international affairs

 

Topics in International Relations

Peace and War

  1. Correlates of War: http://www.correlatesofwar.org/
  2. Global Terrorism database: http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/
  3. Peace Research Institute Oslo: http://www.prio.org/About/ 

International Institutions and International Law

  1. United Nations: http://www.un.org/en/
  2. International Court of Justice: http://www.icj-cij.org/homepage/
  3. International Criminal Court: http://www.icc-cpi.int/Pages/default.aspx
  4. Coalition for the International Criminal Court: http://www.iccnow.org/
  5. European Court of Human Rights: http://www.echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home
  6. European Court of Justice: http://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/court-justice/index_en.htm
  7. Inter-American Court of Human Rights: http://www.corteidh.or.cr/index.php/en 
  8. Humanitarian Action Guide: http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/humanitarianaction 

 

Environment

  1. LexisNexis Environmental database (Abstracts, News, Journals; Commentary, Codes; Regulations, Case Law; Agency Actions, Waste; Materials) 
  2. CQ Almanac for Energy and Environment
  3. Georgetown Law Library environmental law research guide

 

Issues in Comparative Politics

Democracy

  1. Polity IV: http://www.systemicpeace.org/polity/polity4.htm
  2. Freedom house: http://www.freedomhouse.org/
  3. Kellogg Institute Varieties of Democracy Project:  http://kellogg.nd.edu/projects/vdem/ 

Regions

Middle East

  1. http://www.jadaliyya.com/
  2. http://www.juancole.com/
  3. http://mondoweiss.net/
  4. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/
  5. http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/
  6. http://kamilpasha.com/
  7. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/
  8. http://electronicintifada.net/
  9. http://www.merip.org
  10. http://muftah.org/  

Latin America

  1. Latin America Public Opinion Project: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop/
  2. World Bank Socio-Economic Dataset for Latin America and the Caribbean: http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog/sedlac
  3. Inter-American development bank  Statistics and Databases: http://www.iadb.org/en/research-and-data/statistics-and-databases,3161.html
  4. Latin American Databank: http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/latin-american/latin-american-databank.html

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