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Formal Theory & Method

This subfield is intended for those students who wish to incorporate advanced work in the areas of formal modeling and research methodology into their research. Coursework in the department covers standard classical regression tools, linear models, maximum likelihood, experimental and causal inference techniques and non-parametric tools as well as formal political theory. With the guidance of faculty members, students are encouraged to go outside the department and take courses in other topics of interest. For example, our students regularly enroll in courses in computer science, economics, mathematics and other fields.

  • Misha Myagkov studies formal political theory, comparative politics and experimental research design
  • Will Terry uses both formal modeling and quantitative statistical methods to study the political development of the U.S. South

Recent or current PhDs have focused on topics like detecting electoral fraud, altruism in political interaction, and collective risk social dilemmas.



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