Politics Study Groups

What are Politics Study Groups?

Politics study groups are collaborative study sessions that bring together advanced Politics majors preparing to take comprehensive exams with students beginning their education in Political Science. Through partnerships, study group leaders will engage with interested students in the following activities:

  • Helping students to read, study, and take notes more effectively
  • Revising and reorganizing written assignments
  • Clarifying concepts and providing examples
  • Creating short- and long-term study goals

As successful students in the major, our study group leaders can provide valuable advice and assistance, helping to set you on a path for success in the major.


How do I join a Politics Study Group?

To ensure that each student has a chance to meet with a study group leader, we require that students make appointments at least 24 hours ahead of time with our study group leaders for 30 minute sessions, using a scheduling tool available for each study group leader. Our study group leaders are available Monday-Thursday, at various times. Please note how many individuals plan to attend the study session.

By clicking on the links below, you will be able to see each group leader’s available times and to schedule an appointment:

  • Make an appointment with Peyton Costa here (areas of expertise: gender and politics; human rights; intl. law and institutions; transitional and post-conflict justice)
  • Make an appointment with Emily Donkervoet here (areas of expertise: internal conflict and post-conflict justice; terrorism; social welfare policy; health policy (global and domestic); and the legislative process)
  • Make an appointment with Georgia Konstam here (areas of expertise: presidency; legislative process; constitutional law; parties and interest groups; environmental politics and law; politics of developmental aid)
  • Make an appointment with Adrienne Davis here (areas of expertise: constitutional law--civil rights/civil liberties; social movements; gender, violence, and power; legislative process; poverty and inequlity/social welfare policy; campaigns and elections; politics of LGBT rights)
  • Make an appointment with Ellen Henthorn here (areas of expertise: identity and diversity (e.g., politics of race, gender, sexuality, religion); the legislative process; the presidency; politics of poverty and inequality; public policy; campaigns and elections; parties and interest groups; constitutional law--civil rights/liberties)
  • Make an appointment with Meg Kirby here (areas of expertise: world politics; legislative process; immigration law and policy; African politics; intl. law; American government and politics)

How Should I Prepare for my Study Group Session?

To each study group session you should bring any course texts (e.g., textbooks, books, articles, etc.), your syllabus, any assignments you are seeking feedback on, and a list of goals for your study session. 

Remember, study group leaders are not going to do work for you or copyedit your papers, so make sure you have clear goals in mind coming into the session.