Not only do the quantitative and formal modeling courses at Harvard require mathematics and computer programming | it's becoming increasingly difficult to take courses in political economy, American politics, comparative politics, or international relations without encountering game-theoretic models or statistical analyses. One need only flip through the latest issues of the top political science journals to see that mathematics have entered the mainstream of political science. Unfortunately, most undergraduate political science programs have not kept up with this
Alberto Abadie (KSG), Lee Fleming (HBS), Gary King (Government), Kevin Quinn (Government), Jamie Robins (HSPH), Don Rubin (Statistics), Guido Imbens (Economics), Chris Winship (Sociology). Gov 3009 meets all academic year, Wednesdays, 12-1:30, free lunch provided. This workshop is a forum for graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars to present and discuss methodological or empirical work in progress in an interdisciplinary setting. Features a tour of Harvard's statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in different fields and disciplines.
One class which you can sign up for as Government 2001 (for Harvard graduate students), Government 1002 (for Harvard undergraduates), and Harvard extension school course E-2001 (offered via distance learning over the web for non-Harvard students); Mondays 2-4; see the class web site atj.mp/G2001.
Not offered by me this year. Introduction to major quantitative technqiues used in political science. Covers exploratory data analysis, as well as descriptive and causal statistical inference of many types. The course emphasizes probability theory, regression analysis and other statistical techniques, and uses new techniques of stochastic simulation to get answers easily and to interpret statistical results in a manner very close to the political substance of the problem at hand. NOTE: Frequently taken by undergraduates needing quantitative techniques for thesis research and by graduate
Gary King, Robert Putnam, and Sidney Verba: not offered this academic year. If you could learn only one thing in graduate school, it should be how to do scholarly research. You should be able to assess the state of a scholarly literature, identify interesting questions, formulate strategies for answering them, have the methodological tools with which to conduct the research, and understand how to write up the results so they can be published. Although many graduate level courses address these issues of research design indirectly, we provide an explicit analysis of each. We take empirical