Introduction to American Politics

Prof. Michael G. Miller

Columbia GSAS/ Barnard

Fall 2020



This course teaches undergraduates principles of American government. Topics covered include the Constitution, civil liberties, Congress, the presidency, the judicial branch, bureaucracy, the political parties, and interest groups; theories of political behavior and public opinion; and topics in contemporary U.S. politics, including 2020 election, polarization, and money in politics.


Principles of Quantitative Political Research

Prof. Robert Shapiro

Columbia GSAS

Spring 2021


This course examines basic methods of data analysis relevant to political research. Substantive topics covered include survey methods, theory construction, research design (experimental versus observational research), and measurement. Statistical topics include probability, sampling distributions, inference, and linear regressions. The course uses R as a primary statistical software.  


Lecturer Thomas Groll

Columbia SIPA

Spring 2015


This course teaches microeconomic principles. Topics include national income accounting and GDP, production model of GDP, wealth accumulation, consumption and saving, investment (funds market and general equilibrium), fiscal policy, macroeconomic thought (Classical versus Keynesian). Applications covered include inequality, wage-skill premium, and large open economy (global imbalances and borrowing).

Analysis of Public Sector Organizations

Prof. Michael Ting

Columbia SIPA

Fall 2014


This course provides an introduction to the institutional basis of public policy and administration, drawing upon literature from economics, political science, and psychology. It focuses primarily on applications of behavioral economics and game theory. The course covers different models of individual and collective behavior, internal structures of organizations and their management implications (vis “principal-agent” framework), the impact of the external environment on organizations, and institutional reform.