POL 327: Mass Media, Social Media, and American Politics
Preceptor, Head Preceptor
Instructor: Andrew Guess
Fall 2017; Fall 2020
This upper-level politics course introduces students to current research on the role of both mass media and social media in American politics as well as the influence of media on American's political attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. Course content addresses the nature of news and news-making organizations, the role of news media in electoral campaigns, the influence of media on elite behavior, political advertising, and use of social media to facilitate collective action.
POL 505: Experimental Methods in Political Science
Instructor: Leonard Wantchekon
This graduate level course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical features of experimental political sciences, with a special emphasis on natural and field experiments. Content in the course was divided into methodological instruction, design, field experience. As a preceptor, I assisted students with questions regarding with replication projects and experimental design in their own work. I also helped contribute to the course syllabus.
POL 330: Electing the President, Voter Psychology and Candidate Strategy
Instructor: Markus Prior
This upper level politics course examines how election campaigns affect voters. The primary focus of the class is on the nature of modern election campaigns and their impact on people's political reasoning and voting behavior. The class presents an overview of explanations for people's voting decisions, from stable long-term factors (such as partisan identification) to short-term term influences of the campaign and media coverage. Moreover, It illustrates that people's political behavior is best understood by examining those factors at different electoral levels, in different communication environments, and for different groups of people.
POL 981: Junior Independent Work, Plenary Sessions
Instructor: Nolan McCarty
This upper-level course is designed to introduce students to common concepts and methods used in political science research and to facilitate the development of an independent research project. The course covers numerous concepts related to research design including the scientific method, qualitative and quantitative data, case selection, process tracing, experiments , survey design, and statistical analyses. Precepts for the class are a point of instruction where students can discuss the concepts addressed in the online lectures each week and practice applying the concepts to their own research.