Ethnic Politics and Conflict in Comparative Perspective

Mo 9:30AM - 12:00PM / 4430 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRN 29739

This is a Ph.D. course designed for graduate students in the department of political science that explores the causes and consequences of ethnic politics and conflict. The first aim of the course is to understand what ethnic identity is and how it becomes salient to political outcomes. The second goal is to examine the consequences of ethnic identity for outcomes like public goods provision, voting behavior, politics, and conflict. As we progress through the course we will also investigate factors thought to mitigate the adverse effects of ethnic identity and divisions, such as institutional design, increasing the salience of national or cross-cutting identities, and intergroup contact. We will address the core themes of this course in comparative perspective, drawing on analyses from virtually every global region, including Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States.

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Laura B. Paler

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Category C: Cultural Antagonisms and Cultural Crises

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