Ian McDonald

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Ian McDonald (PhD 2009, Duke University) teaches U.S. government and U.S. politics courses, including upper division courses on Congress, the Presidency

Academic Credentials

PhD Political Science, Duke University, 2009
M.BA University of Washington, 1983
BA Western Washington University, 1981


Fall 2021

POLS 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics

TTh 1:50 pm - 3:20 pm 

Introduction to the central questions in comparative politics. Fundamental differences in the organization of states, democratic political institutions (presidentialism versus parliamentarianism, for example), and domestic social forces (for example, social capital, ethnic versus nonethnic identities). The impact of political organization on economic performance and social peace.

Prerequisites: None.

Restrictions: None. 

Location: Miller Hall