The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Amy Liu

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Emory University

Amy Liu



ethnic politics, migration politics, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe


GOV 324J • Govs/Polit Of Eastern Europe

37879 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 800am-930am GAR 3.116
(also listed as REE 335)




Couse Description

In the past 100 years, the map for “Eastern Europe” has been redrawn more than a dozen times. This course examines the politics behind and the consequences of these border changes. We will begin with the collapse of two empires—the dual monarchy of Austro-Hungary and tsarist Russia—at the end of World War 1. We will then continue on through the Interwar period, World War 2, and the Cold War. We will give special attention to the institutional differences across these otherwise similar-in-ideology “communist states.” We will examine how these differences affected subsequent transitions and government policies toward minorities. We will conclude by looking at how the European Union has redrawn Eastern Europe by opening up borders and the implications of these opened borders.


The importance of the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe politics cannot be overstated. To this end, we will study the Soviet Union/Russia briefly, but note that the primary emphasis in this course is on the region to the west of present-day Germany and to the east of present-day Russia. This would include Ukraine.


Grading Policy

  • Quizzes: 25%
  • Midterm Examination: 25%
  • Final Examination: 25%
  • Coding Assignment: 25%



  • Bunce, Valerie and Sharon L. Wolchik. 2011. Defeating Authoritarian Leaders in Postcommunist Countries. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Krenz, Maria. 2009. Made in Hungary: A Life Forged by History. Boulder, CO: Donner Publishing.
  • MacMillan, Margaret. 2003. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. Random House Trade Paperbacks.

GOV 391J • Statistical Anly In Pol Sci I

39115 • Fall 2014
Meets T 330pm-630pm BAT 5.102

-Prerequisites: none


-Course Description:  This is the first course in the graduate

sequence in  quantitative empirical analysis in the Government



At a fundamental level, this course lays the groundwork for answering the question “What can we learn about political systems and political processes from empirical observations?’’ In doing so, the relationship between theory and data (ie ‘’the real world’’) is explicated. It does so via quantitative political methodology- the application of statistical methods and reasoning to problems in political science. The primary goals of the course are two-fold: firstly to provide a conceptual and rigorous introduction to statistical inference and reasoning about uncertainty (that is: “how should we, as social scientists, think about estimating quantities of substantive interest based on limited information?’’) and secondly, to provide mathematical and statistical preparation for further courses in quantitative methods. The course will cover a fair amount of material, so it is important that students keep up with the material and readings. Do not hesitate to utilize the resources available, especially the professor (both in class and during office hours) and teaching assistant concerning any questions or concerns.


Text(s): There is no single textbook for the course. Rather, material is drawn from several sources (documented below). Lectures are meant to be self-contained. Readings are important to compliment (or even supplement) lectures. Course material is primarily drawn from the following:

  • • [LM] Richard J. Larsen and Morris L. Marx. An Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and Its Applications (Fifth Edition). Pearson/Prentice Hall. [Strongly recommended]
  • • [AF] Alan Agresti and Barbara Findlay. Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (Third Edition).
  • • [Row] Derek Rowntree. Statistics Without Tears (2000) Penguin Publishing.



-Grading Policy:  Grades will be based on problem sets and examinations.

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