University of Rochester

EVENT: Political Science Department Offers Spring Seminar Series

March 23, 2001

The University of Rochester's Department of Political Science is continuing its Riker Seminars in Political Science with lectures by Rochester faculty and political scientists from other universities. Seminars are scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Fridays in 329 Harkness Hall on the River Campus.

Alison Alter, lecturer at Stanford University, will speak on March 30. Alter's research interests include European politics, comparative legislative organization, parties and federalism, and the new economics of organization and institutions. She received her doctorate from Harvard University.

Randall Calvert, professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis and research associate at the Rochester Center for Economic Research, will deliver a lecture April 6. Justin Fox, a doctoral student in the University of Rochester's Department of Political Science, will join Calvert in discussing "Effective Parties in a Model of Repeated Legislative Bargaining." Calvert is a former chair of the political science department. Fox's research involves the application of microeconomics theory to the study of political institutions. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and economics from the University of Rochester.

On April 13, Marek Kaminski, assistant professor of political science at New York University, will speak on the topic of "A General Equilibrium Model of Multi-Party Systems." Kaminski's area of specialization includes mathematical methods in the social sciences, Eastern-Central European politics, methodology of social sciences, and the political history of the Communist Bloc.

There will be no speaker on April 20. The series continues on April 27 with a lecture by Christian List, visiting professor at the Center for Basic Research in Social Science at Harvard University. List, who specializes in political economy, is a professor at Oxford University.

All seminars are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Political Science at (585) 275-4291.