Georgetown University has a long tradition of excellence in the study of
comparative politics, with faculty who receive national and
international acclaim and who regularly publish in the discipline’s top
journals and presses.
The comparative faculty cover a wide array of substantive topics, with
particular strengths in political economy (Carnes, Gustafson,
Klašnja, Looney, Rudra, Simmons, Weaver), contentious
politics, conflict, and political violence (Balcells, Berman,
Girod), political regimes and institutions (Banchoff, Berman,
Brumberg, Kapiszewski, King, Klašnja, Langenbacher) and
nationalism and citizenship (Anderson, Balcells, Howard, King,
Smith). The faculty study these questions in virtually every corner of
the world and do so using a comprehensive methodological toolkit.
Georgetown’s comparative politics faculty is well-integrated with other
subfields and has frequent intellectual engagement with colleagues
situated elsewhere in the university, such as the Walsh School of
Foreign Service, the McCourt School of Public Policy, and the
McDonough School of Business.
Along with the Mortara Center for International Studies, the
comparative subfield hosts the Current Research on Issues and Topics in
Comparative Scholarship (CRITICS) speaker series.
For more information about our Comparative Government Ph.D., please
contact the Field Chair or the Graduate Program Officer.