Fields of Study

Many faculty members in the department work in more than one of the traditional subfields. The faculty also includes scholars who focus on political methodology and political economic theory.

Columbia political science faculty study real-world questions, using methods ranging from ethnography, historical process-tracing, archival research, and interviews, to quantitative data collection, complex statistical analysis, lab and field experiments, and game theoretic modeling. The department is proud of its reputation for employing empirically rigorous and diverse methods to address large and fundamental problems facing society.

Please click the buttons below to learn more about each subfield and to find faculty, graduate students, and department news affiliated with each field.

2020-21 Field Coordinators

Shigeo Hirano
American politics

Macartan Humphreys
Comparative politics

Jack Snyder
International relations

Turkuler Isiksel
Political theory

Andrew Gelman
Political methodology