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Renee Buhr

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin—Madison
Office
JRC 408
Phone
(651) 962-5722
Mail
University of Saint Thomas
Department of Political Science
Mail JRC 432
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
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Education:

B.S. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin—Madison
M.A., University of Chicago

Dr. Buhr joined UST in 2008 with specializations in International Relations and Comparative Politics.   Her research interests include the study of nationalism in East Europe and the effects of European integration on political parties and voting behavior.  In addition to her studies in the United States, Dr. Buhr studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en Provence, France. She has also worked in a number of organizations outside of academia, including the RAND Corporation and the Central Intelligence Agency. 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 350 - 01 Comparative Politics of Europe - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43333 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr This course provides a deeper understanding of both the international relations and comparative politics aspects of politics in Europe. Topics include the evolution and role of the EU in European economics, governance, and reactions to crises. Additional topics focus on domestic politics and challenges faced by European states such as issues of national identity and discrimination, state “fragility” and persistent macroeconomic problems. Students will have ample opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, acquire the knowledge needed to be an informed consumer of news about Europe, and develop advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge that would prove useful for graduate-level study. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 354 - 01 Politics of Post-Soviet States M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 209
CRN: 42698 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr This course provides an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of political change in general and of the history of the Soviet Union and the fifteen post-Soviet states. General topics include revolution, totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, and problems of democratic transition experienced by many states both in and outside of the post-Soviet space. These topics are illustrated with case studies from the former Soviet Union, including Russia, East European and Central Asian states. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 424 - D01 Seminar in Int'l Relations - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 326
CRN: 42699 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr Seminars in political science provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and further develop knowledge gained in previous courses and enhance their critical and analytical skills. Students will engage in reading and discussion and undertake a major research project pertinent to the seminar's topic. Specific topics or themes of each seminar will vary. Seminars are offered in each of the sub-fields of the discipline. Prerequisite: Juniors and seniors may enroll in a seminar once they have completed at 300-level course within that subfield, or with permission of the instructor.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - W01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 JRC 414
CRN: 10079 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 225 - 01 World Politics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 BEC LL13
CRN: 20259 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr This course serves as an introduction to the political science sub-fields of comparative politics and international relations. It introduces a range of divergent theories and perspectives concerning world politics and the nature of the contemporary global political system. It also focuses on the interactions between states and the impact of both states and non-state actors (such as international organizations and multinational corporations) on domestic and international outcomes. Themes include globalization and international trade, international security, foreign policy, international law and organizations, developing world, and European politics. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor.

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POLS 326 - 01 Intl Law & Organization - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 209
CRN: 22453 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Renee L. Buhr This course examines the ways in which state behavior is affected by international norms, international legal documents, and international organizations like the United Nations. It also looks closely at the ways in which states, individuals, and power relations shape the nature and objectives of international law and organizations. International law and organizations can be a force for good in the world; however, there is also the potential for “pathological behavior” to emerge in international organizations and their member states. This course aims to look beyond the simple explanations for IO pathologies and into the deeper causes and potential remedies for those pathologies. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of the instructor.

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