polisciphd Posted January 22, 2009 Share Posted January 22, 2009 One of the things that I wish was made more apparent in the whole application process was an understanding of what different departments actually specialize in. You might think that this is easy info to come by, but it is surprisingly hard to find in some instances. So I thought I might start a thread for people to add to so that future applicants can be better informed as to what they are getting themselves into. University of Illinois - like all big ten schools, we are incredibly quantitatively oriented. The American folks specialize in behavior here, not many people working on institutions. The comparative guys are moving away completely from any form of area studies (so if you want to do africa studies, for example, don't come here), instead they are looking at common phenomena that exist across the int. system, more topically focused than anything else. The IR people are divided pretty evenly between conflict folks and IPE. The IPE people do lots of stuff, pretty wide ranging interests, but the conflict faculty, esp. Vasquez and Diehl, focus on territory and rivalry, respectively. Hope this helps Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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