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Dissertations Defended in 2017

State Capacities in Latin America: Structural Transformations, Elite Competitions, and Fiscal Development (1850-2010) 
By Hector Bahamonde                                                                                                                       
Written under the direction of Dr. Robert Kaufman

Oligarchic State Capture: Wealthy Elites and State Autonomy in Communist and Post-communist Countries
By Ion Marandici                                                                                                                        
Written under the direction of Dr. Jan Kubik

Enhancing Minority Elect-ability: Do Majority-Minority Districts Work? 
By John Lesher                                                                                                                           
Written under the direction of Dr. Ross Baker



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Special Programs

The Department of Political Science hosts several special programs that might interest you. We have a strong internship program that is described on the page marked “internships.” We collaborate with I.D.I.A. to run a Model UN and a Model Congress simulation each year and we support a class where you can learn how to participate in running those programs.

We also have an exchange program with Ritsumekian University in Kyoto Japan where 15 Japanese students join our spring semester class for one month, learning about issues of mutual concern and sharing cultural, historical, and political experiences, and where we send 15 of our own students to Japan in June.

Prof. Baker, a distinguished member of our faculty, invites a “baker’s dozen” of students into his Highland Park home for “Baker’s Dozen”, a detailed exploration of American politics to the federal level that involves a trip to DC, guest speakers here, and small group discussions with nationally renowned individuals.

These programs and more are what makes the political science program special.

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