International Studies 500/2500: Introduction to International Studies

This course lays the theoretical groundwork for describing and explaining the ways in which international influences shape the world's economies, polities, and societies, and their consequences for global conflict and cooperation. Students will learn to distinguish among different theoretical explanations for understanding international politics, think critically about their strengths and weaknesses, and apply them to a range of historical and contemporary issues.

Syllabus-Spring 2012
Syllabus-Spring 2014

Political Science 519/2519: The European Union in World Affairs

This course examines the external relations of the European Union, as it seeks to establish an economic, normative, and military power status in world affairs. It will employ theoretical approaches to understand in what capacity and to what effect the EU is involved with global governance and relations with states outside its borders. It will introduce the institutional arrangements of EU external relations and delve into EU activity in policy areas including human rights and democracy promotion, international peacekeeping, and trade and economic development.

Syllabus-Fall 2012
Syllabus-Fall 2013

Political Science 520/3520: Seminar: Globalization and National Security

Political Science 297: Honors Seminar: Globalization and National Security

How have accelerated forces of globalization in recent decades affected national security? This course examines how globalization can amplify, change, and create challenges to national security in major powers and smaller states alike. We will explore how states define and respond to these challenges in the context of a number of issue areas, such as defense production, terrorism, trade, energy, and migration.

Syllabus-Fall 2010
Syllabus-Fall 2013 (Honors Seminar Version)

Political Science 2541: Global Governance

How do states and other actors in the international community manage global challenges? What are the sources of order in international politics? In the absence of world government, questions about how international rules are made, monitored, and enforced are important and widespread. This course provides an overview of the concept and theories of global governance, with a focus on power, institutions, and norms in contemporary international relations. It then examines the processes, actors, and outcomes of global governance in the context of issue areas such as failed states, human rights, the international economy, and the environment.

Political Science 807/7807: International Relations Field Seminar

This seminar provides an overview of the field of international relations. It has four main goals:  (1) to understand the dominant theoretical perspectives and debates within the field; (2) to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting arguments within those debates; (3) to ground individual empirical interests within the context of these broader theoretical issues; and (4) to provide a theoretical foundation for academic research and teaching in international relations.

Government 100.02: The Global Arms Trade: Politics, Markets, and Security, Freshman Writing Seminar (Instructor, Cornell University)

The arms trade is a long-time instrument of foreign policy. States have used conventional arms to influence the policies of other governments, sway the course of foreign wars, and boost their own military and economic security. However, arms sales have also been linked to conflict escalation, human rights abuses, and underdevelopment. As a result, states and non-governmental organizations are now debating whether and how to regulate this sensitive area of international trade. This course examines political developments in the global arms trade since the end of the Cold War with two objectives in mind: (1) It aims to introduce students to the complex array of domestic and international forces pressuring states to adopt certain policies and practices in this policy domain; (2) In this context, it seeks to further students’ social science writing skills by developing concise, analytical, well-researched prose.

Syllabus-Spring 2008