Latin American Politics, UGA Fall 2017

Course policies

Syllabus (current version)

Notes on causal claims

Comparative Political Institutions, UGA Summer 2017


Introduction to causal inference

Handouts: (Defining democracy, Regime type and hunger, Regime type and health, Majoritarian vs. consensus democracies, Presidentialism, Hegemonic parties, Federalism and diversity)

Data Lab 1: (Handout)

Data Lab 2: (Handout, Data, Polity codebook)

Data Lab 3: (Handout)

Data Lab 4: (Handout)

Final exam

Program Evaluation for Public Health, UGA Spring 2017

Current syllabus

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: The average treatment effect

Lecture 3: Randomization

Handout: Selection Bias

Lecture 4: Non-experimental approaches

Data Lab 1 [WorksheetData]

Data Lab 2 [Worksheet, Data]

Data Lab 3 [Worksheet]

Environmental Politics, UGA Fall 2016


Lecture 1: Social Science Basics

Lecture 2: Science Basics

Lecture 3: Public goods and collective action

Lecture 4: Climate change and scientific uncertainty

Lecture 5: International climate negotiation 

Lecture 6: Environmental Health I

Lecture 7: Environmental Health II, Handout

Climate and Conflict, Handout

Politics of Disease Control, UGA Spring 2016


Lecture 1: Foundations

Lecture 2: Vaccination today

Lecture 3: Vaccination in the past

Lecture 4: Smallpox eradication

Lecture 5: Environmental Health in early 20th century America

Lecture 6: Environmental Health in 19th century Britain 

Resources for Case Studies

Mexican Migration Field Research Project

The Mexican Migration Field Research and Training Program (MMFRP) is year-long course that sends a team of undergraduate and graduate students into the field in migrant sending communities in Mexico, and in paired migrant receiving communities in the United States. Students participate in designing the survey instrument, and they are also responsible for recruiting and interviewing subjects. Students develop their own group research projects, with each group conducting a literature review and proposing hypotheses to be tested with the resulting data. In the final quarter of the program, student groups write up the results of the research for publication in an appropriate venue. I have been the program's field director (2013-14) and lead instructor (2013-15) and am currently supporting the program's data collection efforts in the San Diego/Tijuana area. You can find photos of the research teams here and here. Below are links to some of the course materials.

Winter 2015 Syllabus

Fall 2014 Syllabus 

Lecture Notes

Writing key

Lecture 1: The Research Process

Lecture 2: Research Questions

Lecture 3: Research Design

Lecture 4: Survey Questions

Lecture 5: Interpreting survey data