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  • MIT Political Science: Contact
    Massachusetts Avenue Room E53 470 Cambridge MA 02139 Street address 30 Wadsworth Street Room 470 Cambridge MA 02142 Headquarters Room 470 Phone 617 253 5262 Fax 617 258 6164 Directions E53 E40 Webmaster For comments and suggestions about this website

    Original URL path: http://web.mit.edu/polisci/contact/index.html (2016-02-01)
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  • MIT Political Science: GIVE
    science field can make significant contributions towards solving the world s great challenges while also advancing the frontiers of knowledge To achieve these goals we must build upon our existing strengths develop stronger ties to other departments and research initiatives at MIT and invest new resources in the department Over the last several months we have successfully recruited new faculty to enhance our educational programs by strengthening our methodological and substantive course offerings and broadening our research activities launched a series of new research related activities which are heightening the department s sense of intellectual energy and excitement and our students have continued to excel winning prestigious fellowships and receiving job offers from the leading universities and colleges around the world Despite many successes the Department still faces challenges particularly in the area of graduate student funding Maintaining the quality of our graduate program hinges directly upon our ability to offer competitive tuition and stipend support to the very best graduate students in the world Yet the impact of the global economic downturn on financial aid has greatly impeded our ability to do so We therefore must rely on the generosity of alumni and friends like you to help us

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  • MIT Political Science: News - Yiqing Xu: Building and applying analytical tools
    is the world s most complicated territorial dispute said Fravel There s no other dispute like this in the world The dispute gave rise to Fravel s doctoral thesis at Stanford University After reading about China s claims to the Spratly Islands he decided to examine the occasions when China used force in its territorial disputes Conventional wisdom held that China had few disputes and that it pursued its claims aggressively But when he examined Chinese government documents Fravel found that China has been involved in more than a few disputes 23 since the Communist Party took power in 1949 China settled 17 of them peacefully and in 15 of those the country compromised on the contested land It was a pattern of behavior that I didn t expect to find he said Fravel s thesis became the first book length systematic study of China s territorial conflicts Strong Borders Secure Nation Cooperation and Conflict in China s Territorial Disputes Princeton University Press 2008 By looking at all of China s disputes and how they varied over time you can actually bring some scientific rigor to bear on the study of Chinese foreign policy he said The evolution of China s military strategy since 1949 is the topic of Fravel s new book Active Defense Explaining the Evolution of China s Military The research focuses on when why and how China pursues major changes in its national military strategy Fravel has identified nine changes in strategy three of which were attempts at major overhauls He s also found that the People s Liberation Army commonly behaves like a professional military despite being a heavily politicized creation of the Communist Party but not during times of political instability Looking ahead Fravel is planning two research projects The first is on managing

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  • MIT Political Science: News - A Broader View of Political Participation:Insights From Leah Rosenzweig’s Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
    behavior involves a rich blend of disciplinary insights At MIT I also learned that politics is not an immutable set of processes relationships and outcomes Politics is malleable Thus the job of the political scientist is to be able to identify and explain unexpected discontinuities Practitioners have to transact the business of politics well which includes making sure those transactions are consistent with some broader context For example politicians do indeed need to deliver the policies and public goods voters want and they have to do this in an efficient and effective way But in the United States they also need to remember that they are stewards of a grand democratic tradition and so those politics and public goods have to be delivered within the context of that tradition History will judge public servants harshly if all they do is make the trains run on time Q In your view what are the unique advantages of studying political science at MIT A The Institute is famous for its pragmatic problem solving vision and at MIT I learned how to view politics through a pragmatic lens It taught me to rely less on dogma ideology cant or pure theory in trying to understand real world political processes To a certain extent this was consistent with MIT s practical academic culture built as it was on a foundation of engineering and science This is also one of the reasons why public policy studies was and maybe still is such a big part of the political science curriculum This pragmatism is necessary to a thorough understanding of the political process in general Politics is above all a very practical discipline It s the art of figuring out what you want to do how you re going to do it and how you re going to convince others to go along with what you want to do By the way that s pretty much how the world as a whole works MIT was and I m sure remains absolutely the best place to study this magnificently interesting and important subject At the end of the day we all have to live act work and grow and often we have to do these things in concert with each other This collective action is the essence of politics And political science is the discipline that tries to understand this very human essence Q The MIT approach to both research and education is to combine the STEM fields with the humanities arts and social sciences Can you tell us something about why MIT s SHASS subjects particularly political science are critical to solving the world s major issues A The search for the answers to society s most pressing questions always involve a political science dimension Political science is the study of why things happen the way they do And it is the study of how we might make things turn out the way we want them to Admittedly it is very hard to reduce our richly

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  • MIT Political Science: News - A Broader View of Political Participation:Insights From Leah Rosenzweig’s Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
    very interesting says Rosenzweig We often think of political participation very narrowly voting campaigning basically electoral behavior But in some contexts particularly in the developing world participation is often practiced outside of electoral cycles and systems especially in authoritarian and transitional countries Rosenzweig has conducted related studies in several African nations including a project through the MIT Governance Lab that tested different Facebook advertisements to evaluate what types of messaging are most effective in encouraging online engagement and political action among Kenyan citizens GOV LAB offers great opportunities for graduate students to conduct impactful field work with organizations online and in the field she notes Rosenzweig is currently pursuing dissertation research in Tanzania a dominant party state that may be imminently transitioning to a multi party democracy She hopes to shed light on why Tanzanians participate in politics in the absence of bribery or coercion Why asks Rosenzweig do African citizens especially the marginalized poor who incur relatively higher costs travel long distances and stand in line for hours to vote when they are disappointed by and distrustful of the state She theorizes that citizens participate to gain status as people who care about their communities and want to help bring in government services I ve designed a couple of experiments to look at whether that s really the case how social influence might motivate citizens to participate and vote and whether their voting decisions might change based on this social pressure As an undergraduate at Georgetown University Rosenzweig considered pursuing a law degree But her long standing interest in social justice spurred her to join a field research project evaluating impacts of fair trade certification on cocoa farmers in Ghana That was my first exposure to political science fieldwork and the broad spectrum of questions that can be asked

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  • MIT Political Science: Graduate Studies - Graduates on the Job Market
    them to get more information Daniel Altman daltman mit edu Noel Anderson nta mit edu Christopher Clary clary mit edu Keren Fraiman keren mit edu Michal Ben Josef Hirsch michalbj brandeis edu Sameer Lalwani slalwani mit edu Krista Loose loosek mit edu Jonas Nahm jnahm mit edu Alec Worsnop aworsnop mit edu GRADUATE QUICKLINKS Graduate Student Handbook requires certificates FAQ Forms Admissions Scholarships Fellowships OpenCourseWare Academic Integrity Handbook FOR INFORMATION

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  • MIT Political Science: Grad Students - Daniel Altman
    nuclear proliferation He is currently working on a book Red Lines and Faits Accomplis in International Politics that develops and tests a theory of interstate crises predicated on the strategic competition between challengers seeking opportunities to make unilateral gains by fait accompli and defenders attempting to set red lines to deter these faits accomplis The project explores this theory in each of three branches territory the use of force and

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  • MIT Political Science: Grad Students - Noel Anderson
    His research focuses on civil war third party intervention and proxy warfare He holds a BA in Peace and Conflict International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto He has previously worked for the Irish Department of Justice as well as the Independent Monitoring Commission an independent body which monitored paramilitarism and security normalization in Northern Ireland Papers Anderson Noel Peacekeepers Fighting a Counterinsurgency Campaign A Net Assessment

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