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Robert Adcock Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - Global Inquiry

PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley<br>MA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley<br>BA, Summa Cum Laude, Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities<br>BS, Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Spring 2023

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Theorizing Totalitarianism

  • SISU-206 Intro to Int'l Studies Rsrch

  • SISU-393 Int'l Relations Theory

Fall 2023

  • HNRS-395 Theories of Inquiry

  • SISU-206 Intro to Int'l Studies Rsrch

  • SISU-206 Intro to Int'l Studies Rsrch

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

2015 Award for Concept Analysis in Political Science, International Political Science Association's Committee on Concepts & Methods award for best work in concept analysis published in 2012-14

Selected Publications

Robert Adcock. 2014. Liberalism and the Emergence of American Political Science: A Transatlantic Tale. New York: Oxford University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2014. "A Disciplinary History of Disciplinary Histories: The Case of Political Science." In A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences,eds. Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2013. "Generalization in Comparative and Historical Social Science: The Difference that Interpretivism Makes." In Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn, 2nd edition, eds. Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea. Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe.

Robert Adcock and Mark Vail. 2012. "Beyond Pluralism? Corporatism, Globalization, and the Dilemmas of Democratic Governance." In Modern Pluralism: Anglo-American Debates since 1880, ed. Mark Bevir. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2009. "Making Making Social Science Matter Matter to Us." Journal of Theoretical Politics 21 (1): 97-112.

Robert Adcock. 2007. "Who's Afraid of Determinism? The Ambivalence of Macro-Historical Inquiry." Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (3): 346-64.

Robert Adcock, Mark Bevir, and Shannon Stimson, eds. 2007. Modern Political Science: Anglo-American Exchanges since 1870. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Robert Adcock. 2006. "The Emigration of the 'Comparative Method': Transatlantic Exchange and the Birth of American Political Science." European Political Science 5: 124-36.

Robert Adcock and Mark Bevir. 2005. "The History of Political Science." Political Studies Review 3 (Jan): 1-16.

Robert Adcock. 2003. "The Emergence of Political Science as a Discipline: History and the Study of Politics in America, 1875-1910." History of Political Thought 24 (3): 459-86.

Robert Adcock and David Collier. 2001. "Measurement Validity: A Shared Standard for Qualitative and Quantitative Research." American Political Science Review 95 (3): 529-46.

David Collier and Robert Adcock. 1999. "Democracy and Dichotomies: A Pragmatic Approach to Choices about Concepts." Annual Review of Political Science 2: 537-65.