Tag Archives: Political Science

Week 2: Reality, Perception & Human Knowledge

Week two of my new course, Scientific Inquiry–Theory & Inference,  seeks to provide first year PhD students who want to join the scientific community the basic training they require.[1]  Week one addresses how to succeed in graduate school.  Week two is … Continue reading

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Post Modern Scientists who Study Politics

The other day I invited the PhD students in my seminar to have a gander at a couple of prints in my office.  I had no idea #TheDress would become a thing later in the week, much less that Dan … Continue reading

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Some Dimensions over which the Return to Networking is not Uniform

By my count four bloggers (see Saideman, Drezner, Voeten, and Nexon) and one person in my FB feed (Braumoeller) have displayed a depressingly tone deaf awareness to the variance in a number of dimensions that impact a political scientist’s demand … Continue reading

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Political Science N>>1, Anti-Poli-Sci Legislators 1

Steve Benen recently posted a piece titled “Coburn 1, Political Scientists 0.” It is catchy, but it is wrong. While US legislators do not attack federally funded social science annually, it is a recurring phenomenon in American political life (e.g., the 2007 … Continue reading

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What’s the Baseline for Policy Relevance?

Over at Duck of Minerva Dan Nexon offers an interesting post responding to Eric Voeten’s Monkey Cage post about two recent articles that reach opposite conclusions about the impact of a nuclear arsenal on country’s tendency to make stronger demands during coercive … Continue reading

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Q&A with a Prospective PhD Student

I recently had an email exchange with a student we are recruiting for our PhD program (said student looks really great!), and it occurs to me that others may find some of my answers useful, so… First, many of your … Continue reading

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A Look at NSF’s Political Science Review Process

US Congressman Jeff Flake’s recently approved amendment to bar the National Science Foundation from spending money on political science research has drawn considerable attention (e.g., here, here, here, and here).  One thing that occurs to me is that those of us … Continue reading

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