What Makes Us Different?



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Thomas Wood, American Politics
"Its empirical rigor, the accessibility of the methods faculty, the training in statistical computing. This last dimension is especially marked. Where other large departments just leave their graduate students to figure out computation, the assistance provided to students at Ohio State is apparent in our students' facility in this area."



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Vladimir Kogan, American Politics
"In American politics, we have a small but very high-quality group of graduate students, so individual students can (if they want to) get a lot of individual attention. It's much easier to be a big fish in a small pond."




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Janet Box-Steffensmeier, American Politics
"1. Breadth of methods coverage.  No quantitative-qualitative debates as we respect each other's work and encourage our students to be broadly trained.
2. Culture of coauthoring with our students, including grant writing. Brownie points given for doing so, not penalties.
3. We mentor and professionalize across all aspects of grad school and faculty preparation. You will hear different opinions /professional advice, but that is a good thing, and then you can chart your own course."



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Amanda Robinson, Comparative Politics
"The department is lucky to have students from all over the globe, which greatly enriches seminar discussions, especially in CP courses. The graduate students are also really intellectually engaged in each other's work through self-organized reading and workshopping groups."



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Alexander Wendt, International Relations
"Within the IR field at least, we have a remarkable combination of intellectual diversity (arguably the most diverse major IR group in the country) with mutual personal respect, interest, and friendliness, so our diversity never gets in the way of productive exchanges of ideas across intellectual boundaries.  In my view this makes for an ideal place to do graduate work -- not a 'melting pot' so much as a truly 'multicultural' environment where students of every theoretical and methodological persuasion can challenge and learn from each other while still in the end doing their own thing."




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Alexander Thompson, International Relations
"We embrace and train grad students in a diverse set of theoretical and methodological approaches. We look to combine an interest in important theoretical questions with a concern for cutting-edge methods. We care about the success of our graduate students and pride ourselves on providing them with the guidance and training they need to be successful scholars."