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Wilson Sokhey, Sarah Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Sokhey's research focuses the connection between politics and economics including economic and social policy reforms and business-state relations, especially in Russia and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has written about pension reform around the world including her book, The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal in Post-Communist Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Her work has been published in various journals including Party Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, and Economics & Politics, and has received support from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

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  • politics of economic reforms, democratization, interest groups, lobbying, business-state relations, post-communist countries of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

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Teaching

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  • PSCI 2012 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Most countries confront a variety of common political problems, including how to gain popular support, what kinds of political institutions are most appropriate, and how to distribute burdens and benefits to different segments of the population. Concentrates on learning how to compare different political systems and provides illustrative examples from several countries in both the industrialized and nonindustrialized world.
  • PSCI 3022 - Russian Politics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Examines the development of Russian politics from the late Soviet period to the present. Topics covered include political culture, democratic transition, economic reform, and social problems in Russia.
  • PSCI 7008 - Teaching Political Science
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Designed to prepare graduate student teachers in the essentials of political science teaching and provide a background in theories of political science teaching and practical skills development in discipline-specific education.
  • PSCI 7132 - Comparative Political Economy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores the relationship between economics and politics in developed and developing countries. Gives students an historical overview of 20th century economic trends and covers scholarly approaches totopics such as political and economic institutions, economic ideas and interests, the political causes of growth and equality, globalization and the welfare state, and varieties of capitalism. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 7012.
  • PSCI 7172 - Comparative Political Institutions
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Institutional theory has burgeoned across the social sciences in the last three decades. This course aims to raise awareness and understanding of institutional theory in comparative politics, as compared to alternative approaches such as political economy, political behavior, etc., and to help students develop skills to communicate this awareness and understanding to other professional political scientists.

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