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Research in Politics

To maximize the research and impact of our faculty, the Department of Politics is broken into two primary research clusters: International Law and Organizations, and Social Movements and Contentious Politics.

These research clusters reinforce our undergraduate plans of study in the major and minor, and allow students to explore the political science discipline on a more detailed level. Our faculty members bring their research into the classroom, both in introductory classes like Introduction to International Relations, and in upper-level seminars like Food Politics or Civilians in Armed Conflict.

Student Research Opportunities

Our faculty members are involved in a variety of ongoing research projects, and frequently employ students who are interested in gaining research experience and learning more about their project. If you would like to conduct research with a professor, please contact them. Research assistance is an excellent way to become more familiar with high-level political science and to gain experience in data collection, analysis and writing.

Recent Research Projects

  • Nidhi George, BA political science ’16, who spent two quarters assisting Erin Graham, PhD, with archival research to build a financial rules database for United Nations institutions.
  • Arhama Rushdie, BA political science ’14, who assisted Amelia Hoover Green, PhD, on the initial data collection for the Armed Group Institutions Dataset. Arhama accompanied Hoover Green to the 2014 APSA Annual Convention and sat in several panels.
  • Robert Zolitor, BA political science ’15, who is conducting research with Christian Hunold, PhD, on the 80X50 GHG gas emissions reduction study that Drexel University is conducting with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. This project also aims to produce a co-authored paper on urban climate change and the role of local environmental movements.

International Law & Organizations Research Cluster

This cluster asks questions regarding the role of international agreements and international institutions in world politics. Faculty are interested in a wide range of questions related to the design, development and effects of institutions, about how power is exercised and maintained through them, and about how they result in both policy change and changes in behavior of nation states. Their research investigates a diverse set of institutional forms, ranging from formal, bureaucratic organizations like the United Nations and European Union, to international treaties, as well as various types of informal institutions like the G20 and customary law.

Faculty Conducting Research in International Law & Organizations

Contact Specialization
Zoltan Buzas
Assistant Professor
3025 MacAlister Hall
zib23@drexel.edu
Erin Graham
Assistant Professor
3025 MacAlister
erin.r.graham@drexel.edu

International organization & law, international relations theory, and global environmental governance

Joel Oestreich
Director, Global Studies Major; Professor
2024 MacAlister
jeo25@drexel.edu

International organizations, international finance, development, human rights

Social Movements & Contentious Politics Research Cluster

This cluster asks questions regarding the role of social and political movements — protests, riots, insurgencies, political violence and war—in domestic and transnational politics. Faculty research investigates how people are mobilized into both violent and non-violent movements, how grievances are voiced, and the conditions under which social movements and other contentious politics succeed at producing changes in regimes, policies and public opinion. The movements investigated are quite diverse: the environmental movement; movements of women, LGBT people and ethnic minorities; and violently contentious politics such as riots, insurgency and war. Throughout these diverse areas, the cluster is especially attentive to the human rights of marginalized peoples and their transnational interactions, and produces systematically rigorous, problem-driven research.

Faculty Conducting Research in Social Movements & Contentious Politics

Contact Specialization
Phillip Ayoub, PhD
Assistant Professor
3025 MacAlister Hall
payoub@gmail.com

Transnational politics, social movements, gender and politics, international norm diffusion, and human rights.

Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher
Associate Professor
3025 MacAlister
gjc43@drexel.edu

Colonialism, social movements, political theory, Latin America, and race and racism

Rose Corrigan
Associate Professor
School of Law, Room 265
rose.corrigan@drexel.edu

Women and politics, public law, American politics and policy

Richardson Dilworth, PhD
Interim Department Head, Department of Politics; Director, Center for Public Policy; Professor
3600 Market Street, Room 731
dilworth@drexel.edu

American political development, urban politics, public policy

Amelia Hoover Green
Assistant Professor
3025 MacAlister
amelia.a.hoovergreen@drexel.edu

Dynamics of conflict-related violence; intra-armed group politics and socialization; statistics in human rights
Christian Hunold
Associate Professor
3021-F MacAlister Hall
hunoldc@drexel.edu

Comparative politics, environmental politics, political theory

William Rosenberg
Professor
3021-D MacAlister
rosenberg@drexel.edu

Behavioral politics, public opinion, political communication

Jose Tapia, PhD
Associate Professor
MacAlister 3021-E
jat368@drexel.edu

Social development, world economy, climate change, macroeconomic effects on health

Center for Public Policy Faculty

Contact Specialization
Richardson Dilworth, PhD
Interim Department Head, Department of Politics; Director, Center for Public Policy; Professor
3600 Market Street, Room 731
dilworth@drexel.edu

American political development, urban politics, public policy

Christian Hunold
Associate Professor
3021-F MacAlister Hall
hunoldc@drexel.edu

Comparative politics, environmental politics, political theory

Gwen Ottinger, PhD
Associate Professor
3101 Market Street, Room 200
ottinger@drexel.edu

Environmental justice, energy, air quality, citizen science, big data, expertise, science and engineering ethics