Comparative Politics occupies the dynamic boundary between general theoretical perspectives and engagement with specific cases around the world. Our faculty examine such topics as political economy, democratization and democratic backsliding, political institutions, parties and elections, contentious politics, minorities and immigration, and the effects of divisions brought on by race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Though we study an array of issues, and employ different methodologies, we share the underlying aim of developing theoretically grounded understandings of political phenomena. Our faculty publish in a range of visible outlets, including prestigious university presses and top scientific journals. Many have won awards for their scholarship and are on the cutting edge of their specialization.