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Programs

The Department of Government extends its reach through the following activities.

PSAC
PSAC (Politics, Sandwiches, and Comments) is a workshop for work-in-progress (mainly) in comparative politics and international relations. PSAC seminars feature papers from Cornell Government Department graduate students and faculty and from scholars at other universities. These sessions allow students, faculty, and guests to engage in lively debate and discussion on diverse topics from different subfields of political science.

Comparative Politics Workshop
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.

Political Theory Workshop
The Political Theory Workshop at Cornell offers faculty, visiting scholars and graduate students the opportunity to present work in progress to a diverse, interdisciplinary audience. The Workshop features presenters and participants from a wide array of fields, including philosophy, history, ethics, social theory, classics, literature, and other related disciplines. Papers are distributed in advance and participants come prepared to discuss them in detail.

Peter Katzenstein Book Prize
The Katzenstein Prize, in honor of in honor of Peter J. Katzenstein, the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, recognizes an outstanding first book in International Relations, Comparative Politics, or Political Economy.   The prize was established on the occasion of Professor Katzenstein’s 40th Year at Cornell University and has been made possible by the generous support of his colleagues, collaborators, and former students.