Comparative Government

In the Comparative Government subfield, Georgetown has particular strengths in several key cross-regional areas: democracy and civil society (John Bailey, Daniel Brumberg, Marc Howard, and Eusebio Mujal-Leon), nationalism, ethnic, and identity politics (Charles King, Marc Howard, and Yossi Shain), and the nexus of political science with history (Daniel Nexon) and the other social sciences.

Faculty have a close connection with colleagues in the International Relations subfield, and many have research interests that span the international and domestic arenas, such as regional integration (Jeffrey Anderson, Thomas Banchoff, and Kathleen McNamara), the political economy of development (Brumberg, Stephen King, Desha Girod, and Matthew Carnes), crime and corruption (John J. Bailey), and energy politics (Thane Gustafson). Faculty work in multiple languages and have expertise on several major world regions, especially Europe (Anderson, Banchoff, Marc Howard, Charles King, Charles Kupchan, Robert Lieber, and Mujal-Leon), Russia and Eurasia (Harley Balzer, Gustafson, Marc Howard, and Angela Stent), Latin America (J. Bailey, Arturo Valenzuela, Desha Girod, and Matthew Carnes), East Asia (Victor Cha), Africa (Stephen King, Carol Lancaster, Lise Howard, and Desha Girod), and the Middle East (Brumberg, Shain, and the annually appointed Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor).

In the department’s graduate program in Comparative Government, there is an emphasis on developing both strong methodological skills and a deep knowledge of one or more world regions.

For more information about our Comparative Government Ph.D., please contact the Field Chair or or our Graduate Program Officer.