The research interests of the members of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) span across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory. 
We focus on contemporary phenomena, at the national, sub-national and transnational level, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.

We support an eclectic approach to research projects and doctoral theses, often cutting across traditional academic boundaries. A variety of method courses and workshops on data gathering and analysis are available in the first two years—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.


New appointment

Checkel_SPS_150x125Jeffrey T. Checkel will join the Department of Political and Social Sciences in January 2020, as Chair in International Politics, moving from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. After a first degree from Cornell University in applied physics, Checkel received a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991). Among the honors he has received is the Humboldt Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015). In 2014, he was named a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, in recognition of his contributions to research on peace and conflict.

See full CV.

Checkel's research interests include international relations theory (domestic-international linkages, international institutions, constructivism, governance), conflict studies (civil war), European integration (Europeanization, identity) and qualitative methods (process tracing, bridging positivist-interpretive techniques). At SPS, he plans to offer seminars on international-relations theory, civil wars, the liberal order and identity politics, international institutions and qualitative methods.


Page last updated on 04 September 2019