PH.D in Government

Georgetown offers a leading full service Ph.D. program in government. Our asset is our strong, research-oriented faculty. Our faculty have published in the top university presses and academic journals across a wide range of substantive areas. Below you can find a selection of recent faculty publications.

The fact that Georgetown is located in a historic part of the most powerful city in the world makes this an exciting place to study. It also provides an incredible array of opportunities for deepening graduate research. Students can take classes at other Washington area schools and frequently have one member of their dissertation committee from another school or a think tank in the area.

For students admitted with a Fellowship, we provide tuition and a stipend of $25,000. Students also have teaching opportunities, in addition to regular chances to be a teaching assistant or research assistant.

Our Ph.D. graduates have tenure-track jobs at many excellent institutions, including:

  • Cornell University
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin
  • George Washington University
  • George Mason University
  • University of California at Riverside
  • Villanova University
  • Carleton University

In addition, our Ph.D.s have been winning prestigious fellowships, including ones from Harvard, Princeton and Brookings.

Part of our placement success is due to our strong record of working closely with students, including producing jointly authored articles.

American Political Science Review
  • American Political Science ReviewMichael Bailey.
    • Does Legal Doctrine Matter? Unpacking Law and Policy Preferences on the U.S. Supreme Court. (2008) (co-authored).
    • Welfare Migration and the Multifaceted Decision to Move. (2005).
  • Raj Desai. Democracy, Inequality & Inflation. (2003) (co-authored).
  • James Habyarimana. Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision? (2006) (co-authored).
  • Dan Hopkins. The Constraining Power of International Treaties: Theory and Methods. (2005) (co-authored).
  • Daniel Nexon & Tom Wright (graduate student). What’s at Stake in the American Empire Debate. (2007).
  • Matthew Kroenig. Exporting the Bomb: Why States Provide Sensitive Nuclear Assistance. (2009).
  • Dennis Quinn. The Economic Origins of Democracy Reconsidered. (2012) (co-authored).
  • Erik Voeten. The Impartiality of International Judges: Evidence from the European Court on Human Rights. (2008).
  • Clyde Wilcox. Getting Religion: Has Political Science Rediscovered the Faith Factor? (2006) (co-authored).

American Journal of Political Science
  • AJPSMichael Bailey.
    • Comparable Preference Estimates across Time and Institutions for the Court, Congress. (2007).
    • Signals from the Tenth Justice: The Role of the Solicitor General at the Merits Stage. (2005) (co-authored).
  • Christine Fair. Poverty and Support for Militant Politics: Evidence from Pakistan. (2013) (co-authored).
  • Desha Girod. Effective Foreign Aid Following Civil War: The
    Nonstrategic-Desperation Hypothesis. (2012).
  • Marc Morjé Howard. Liberalizing Electoral Outcomes in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes. (2006) (co-authored).
  • David Konisky. Regulatory Competition and Environmental Enforcement: Is There a Race to the Bottom? (2007).
  • Jonathan Ladd. Exploiting a Rare Communication Shift to Document the Persuasive Power of News Media. (2009) (co-authored).
  • Dennis Quinn. Ideology and Voter Preferences as Determinants of Financial Globalization. (2007) (co-authored).
  • George Shambaugh. The Power of Money: Private Capital and Policy Preferences in Newly Emerging Market Economies. (2004).
  • Erik Voeten. Analyzing Roll Calls with Perfect Spatial Voting. (2004) (co-authored).

International Organization
  • International Organization Marc Busch. Overlapping Institutions, Forum Shopping and Dispute Settlement in International Trade. (2007).
  • Marc Busch & Krzysztof Pelc (graduate student). The Politics of Judicial Economy at the World Trade Organization. (2010).
  • Abraham Newman.
    • Building Transnational Civil Liberties. (2008).
    • The Long Arm of the Law. (2011) (co-authored).
    • Transgovernmental Networks and Domestic Policy Convergence. (2010) (co-authored).
  • Krzysztof Pelc (graduate student). Constraining Coercion: Legitimacy and its Role in US Trade Policy, 1975-2000. (2010).
  • Yossi Shain & Aharon Barth (graduate student). Diasporas and IR Theory. (2003).
  • Jennifer Tobin. Funding Self-Sustaining Development: the Role of Aid, FDI and Government in Economic Success. (2006) (co-authored).
  • Erik Voeten.
    • The Politics of International Judicial Appointments: Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights. (2007).
    • The Political Origins of the UN Security Council’s Ability to Legitimize the Use of Force. (2005).
  • James Vreeland. Political Institutions and Human Rights: Why Dictatorships enter into the United Nations Convention Against Torture. (2008).

World Politics
  • World Politics Thomas Banchoff. Path Dependence and Value-Driven Issues: The Comparative Politics of Stem Cell Research. (2005).
  • Marc Busch. Three’s a Crowd: Third Parties and WTO Dispute Settlement. (2007) (co-authored).
  • Marc Busch & Jennifer Tobin. A BIT is Better a Lot: Bilateral Investment Treaties  and Preferential Trade Agreements. (2010).
  • Daniel Byman. Al-Qa’ida as an Adversary: Do We Understand the Enemy? (2003).
  • Charles King. The Micropolitics of Social Violence. (2004).
  • Daniel Nexon. The Balance of Power in the Balance. (2009). 

International Security
  • International Security Daniel Byman.
    • Constructing a Democratic Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities. (2003).
    • Friends Like These: Counterinsurgency and the War on Terrorism. (2006).
    • Pygongyang's Survival Strategy: Tools of Authoritarian Control in North Korea. (2010).
  • Victor Cha.
    • Engagement and Preventive Defense on the Korean Peninsula. (2002).
    • Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia. (2010).
  • David Edelstein. Occupational Hazards: Why Military Occupations Succeed or Fail. (2004).
  • Christine Fair. Why Support Islamist Militancy? Evidence from Pakistan. (2010) (co-authored).
  • Colin Kahl. In the Crossfire or the Crosshairs? Norms, Civilian Casualties, and US Conduct in Iraq. (2007).
  • Charles Kupchan.
    • The Illussion of Liberal Internationalism’s Revival. (2010) (co- authored).
    • Of Polarity and Polarization. (2008) (co-authored).
    • Dead Center: The Demise of Liberal Internationalism in the United States. (2007) (co-authored).
  • Keir Lieber. The New History of World War I and What It Means for International Relations Theory. (2007).
  • Jonathan Monten (graduate student). The Roots of the Bush Doctrine: Power, Nationalism, and Democracy Promotion in U.S. Strategy. (2005).
  • Elizabeth Stanley. Ending the Korean War: The Role of Domestic Coalition Shifts in Overcoming Obstacles to Peace. (2009).

Journal of Politics
  • Journal of PoliticsMichael Bailey. Is Today’s Court the Most Conservative in Sixty Years? Challenges and Opportunities in Measuring Judicial Preferences. (2013).
  • Michael Bailey & Mark Rom. A Wider Race? Interstate Competition Across Health and Welfare Programs. (2004).
  • Dan Hopkins. The Diversity Discount: How Increasing Ethnic and Racial Diversity Dampens Support for Tax Increases. (2009)
  • Gerry Mara. Democratic Self-Criticism and the Other in Classical Political Theory. (2003).
  • Joshua Mitchell. Religion is Not a Preference. (2007).
  • Clyde Wilcox. Religious Preferences and Social Science: A Second Look. (2008) (co-authored)
  • Erik Voeten. Resisting the Lonely Superpower: Responses of States in the UN to U.S. Dominance. (2004).

Cambridge University Press
  • Cambridge University Press Daniel Byman.
    • Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism (2005).
    • The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (2002) (co-authored).
  • Lisa Morjé Howard. UN Peacekeeping in Civil Wars (2008). 
  • Marc Morjé Howard.
    • Varieties of Citizenship in the European Union (2009).
    • The Weakness of Civil Society in Post-Communist Europe (2003).
  • Matthew Kroenig. The Handbook of National Legislatures (2008) (co-authored).
  • Robert Lieber. The American Era: Power & Strategy for 21st Century (2007).
  • James Vreeland. The IMF and Economic Development (2003).

Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Press Thomas Banchoff. Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism (2007).
  • Daniel Byman. A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism (2011).
  • Charles King.
    • The Black Sea: A History (2004).
    • Extreme Politics: Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern
    • Europe (2010).
    • The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus (2008).
  • Kathleen McNamara. Making History: European Integration and Institutional Change at Fifty (2007) (co-edited).

Princeton University Press
  • Princeton University Press Michael Bailey. The Constrained Court: Law, Politics, and the Decisions Justices Make (2011) (co-authored).
  • E.J. Dionne Jr. Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After Religious Right (2008).
  • Colin Kahl. States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World (2006).
  • Charles Kupchan. How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (2010).
  • Joshua Mitchell. Plato's Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times (2006).
  • Daniel Nexon. The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change (2009).

University of Chicago Press
  • University of Chicago Press Carol Lancaster. Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics (2006).
  • Hans Noel. Beating Reform: The Resurgence of Parties in Presidential Nominations, 1980-2004 (2008) (co-authored).
  • Michele Swers. The Difference Women Make: The Policy Impact of Women in Congress (2002).




Cornell University Press
  • Cornell University Press Jeffrey Anderson. The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order (2008) (co-edited).
  • David Edelstein. Occupational Hazards: Success and Failure in Military Occupation (2008).
  • Keir Lieber. War and the Engineers: The Primacy of Politics over Technology (2005).
  • Abraham Newman. Protectors of Privacy: Regulating Personal Data in the Global Economy (2008).



Other Major University Presses
  • Other Major University Presses Andrew Bennett. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (2005) (co-authored) MIT University Press.
  • Victor Cha.
    • Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (2003) Columbia University Press.
    • Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia (2009) Columbia University Press.
  • Elizabeth Stanley.
    • Paths to peace: Domestic Coalition Shifts, War Termination and the Korean War (2009) Stanford University Press.
    • Techno-Blinders: How the Cult of Technology is Endangering US National Security (2014) Stanford University Press
  • Yossi Shain.
    • The Frontier of Loyalty: Political Exiles in the Age of the Nation- State (2005) University of Michigan Press.
    • Kinship and Diasporas in International Affairs (2007) University of Michigan Press.

Our faculty includes a number of excellent scholars hired in recent years:

  • Matt Carnes (Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics; Ph.D., Stanford)
  • Desha Girod (Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics; Ph.D., Stanford)
  • Dan Hopkins (Assistant Professor in American Politics; Ph.D., Harvard)
  • Lise Morjé Howard (Assistant Professor in IR; Ph.D. Berkeley)
  • Diane Kapiszewksi (Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics; Ph.D. Berkeley)
  • Matt Kroenig (Assistant Professor in IR; Ph.D. Berkeley)
  • Hans Noel (Assistant Professor in American Politics; Ph.D., UCLA)
  • Nita Rudra (Associate Professor in Comparative Politics and IR; Ph.D. USC)
  • Erik Voeten (Associate Professor in IR; Ph.D., Princeton)