Below are courses I have taught
at other institutions, with links to syllabi.
Harvard Government 90gh
Classics and Contemporaries in Comparative Politics.
Harvard Social Studies 98gi Political Economy of
the Post-Socialist Transition
This tutorial offers a
high-level introduction to the political economy issues confronting post-socialist
countries in Europe. Although many readings
focus on Russia, which is
the case the instructor has studied most intensively, there is also some
coverage of Poland and the
MIT 17.588 Field Seminar in
This course presents a broad
introduction to the field of comparative politics through an overview of its
MIT 21H.467/17.57J Soviet Politics
and Society, 1917-1991
Explores political and historical
evolution of Soviet state and society from 1917 Revolution to its demise in
1991: (1) creation of a revolutionary regime; (2) causes and nature of the
Stalin revolution; (3) post-Stalinist efforts to achieve radical political
and social reform; (4) causes of the Soviet collapse. HASS-D.
MIT 17.186 Institutional Economics:
Applications to Comparative Political Economy.
advances the argument that competitive markets depend on institutions that
are deliberately designed and organized, rather than arising from
spontaneous, uncoordinated pursuit of profit. This argument nevertheless
leaves room for various conceptions of the origins, persistence, and
significance of market institutions. The purpose of this course is to give
students an introduction to some major alternative ways that social
scientists have conceived the institutions underpinning market economies. In particular,
it seeks ways to prevent an understanding of the functions of these
institutions in promoting apparently voluntary exchange from obscuring the
politics of their creation and maintenance. Graduate seminar.
MIT 17.194 Political
Economy of the Post-Socialist Transition.
This course examines the
political and administrative difficulties accompanying the effort to build
market economies in post-socialist countries, focusing on Russia, Poland,
and the Czech Republic. Provide sa historical
introduction to socialist economic institutions, and discusses the major
schools of thought on how they can and/or should be transformed. Examines
central processes of privatization, stabilization, enterprise adaptation, and
fiscal and administrative development, before concluding by discussing the
relationship between democracy and the market-building project.
MIT 17.602/17.603 Soviet and
Post-Soviet Politics and Political Economy
Seeks to put today's radical
transformations in the countries of the former Soviet Union (primarily Russia) into
a historical context. Begins with review and analysis of main stages of
Soviet development, then explores topics relevant both to the system's evolution
and the current political scene. Key topics include: state power and
bureaucracy; politics and organization of the Soviet economy; role of the
Party; causes of the Soviet collapse; conceptions of the post-Soviet
transition; politics of economic reform; and center-regional relations.
Additional work expected of graduate students.
MIT 17.514 Philosophy of Science and the Methodology of Comparative Politics
Offers tools to analyze the
philosophical and methodological issues encountered in designing and
conducting dissertation projects in comparative politics. Topics include:
nature of the scientific endeavor; differences between natural and social
sciences; function of categories in comparative politics; explanation versus
understanding as approaches to human behavior; functionalist arguments;
rational-choice arguments; arguments from small-N comparisons. A number of
empirically-based studies by practicing social scientists employing various
methodological and philosophical approaches are considered. Graduate seminar.