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Each semester, the Comparative Politics Subfield within Cornell University's Government Department organizes an in-house workshop with faculty and graduate students. During each workshops, a mix of faculty and graduate student papers are shared and discussed.  The purpose of this workshop is to hear about each other's work, provide constructive comments on papers and preliminary research designs, and to learn from one another. Graduate students develop a better understanding of faculty research and about the paper-editing process. Faculty learn about innovative graduate student research.  The workshops are usually held in December and May.

Spring 2019

May 31, 2019, White Hall 104, 10:00am-3:30pm

  • 10:00-10:45:  Sid Tarrow and Emilio Lehoucq: “The Rise of a Transnational Movement to Protect Privacy” Discussant:  Thalia Gerzo
  • 10:45-11:30:   Ken Roberts: “Bipolar Disorders: Varieties of Capitalism and Subtypes of Populism in Latin America and Europe” Discussant: Nina Obermeier
  • 11:30-12:15:  Lindsey Pruett, Alex Dyzenhaus, and Sabrina Karim: “Police, Youth and Election Violence: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Liberia” Discussant: Nic van de Walle
  • 12:15-1:00:     Lunch 
  • 1:00-1:45:       Julius Lagodny: “The Effect of Discrimination and Co-Ethnic Neighborhoods on Political Behavior for Immigrant Origin Citizens in Germany” Discussant: Sabrina Karim
  • 1:45-2:30:       Yamile Guibert: “Petty Corruption and Social Desirability in Peru: A Mixed Methods Approach” Discussant: Jeremy Wallace
  • 2:30-2:45:       Coffee Break
  • 2:45-3:30:       Vincent Mauro: “The Political Origins of Social Policy in Liberal Democracies” Discussant: Tom Pepinksy
  • 3:45-5:00:       Social Hour:  The Statler Hotel Bar

Fall 2018

December 7, 2018, White Hall 110, 10:00am-4:00pm

  • 10:00-10:45:  Tom Pepinsky and Jeremy Menchik “Islam, Identity, and the Organizational Roots of Political Tolerance.”  Discussant: Sabrina Karim
  • 10:45-11:30: Jeremy Wallace, Panle Jia Barwick, Shanjun Li, and Jessica Chen Weiss, “Commercial Casualties: Political Boycotts and International Disputes” Discussant:  Tom Pepinsky
  • 11:30-12:15:  Ali Cirone and Sergio Garcia-Rios, “Research Design: Pitching Methods.”  Discussant:  Jeremey Wallace
  • 12:15-1:30:  Lunch (catered by Taste of Thai)
  • 1:30-2:15:  Vincent Mauro, “Party System Development and Inequality in Subnational Brazil.” Discussant:  Ali Cirone
  • 2:15-3:00:  Nina Obermeier, “The anti-internationalists: Political parties and the backlash against globalization in Europe.” Discussant: Vincent Mauro
  • 3:00-3:15:  Coffee Break
  • 3:15-4:00:  Jimena Valdez, “What capital wants: business interests and labor market reform in Portugal and Spain.”  Discussant: Nina Obermeier
  • 4:30-6:00:  Social Hour: First Friday – Department Lounge

Spring 2018

May 11, 2018, White Hall 104, 10:00am-3:30pm

  • 10:00-10:45:  Sabrina Karim “How International Post-Conflict Reforms Improve Public Opinion of State Bureaucracies:  Experimental Evidence with the Liberian National Police”
  • 10:45-11:30: Tom Pepinsky “A New Approach for Discovering Social Beliefs about Ethnic Structure”
  • 11:30-12:15:  Junyan Jiang and Jeremy Wallace, “Informal Institutions and Authoritarian Information Systems:  Theory and Evidence from China”
  • 12:15-1:00:  Lunch (catered by Taste of Thai)
  • 1:00-1:45:  Sebastian Dettman, “Party Broadening and Coalition Building: Opposition Dilemmas under Competitive Authoritarianism”
  • 1:45-2:30:  Mona Krewel and Christian W. Martin, “Voter attachment, room-to-maneuver, and the demise of Social Democracy”
  • 2:30-2:45:  Coffee Break
  • 2:45-3:30:  Michele Fenzly, “Income Inequality and Unions:  The Watchdog that Stopped Barking”
  • 3:45-5:00:  Social Hour:  The Statler Hotel Bar