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Renee Buhr

Associate Professor

Dr. Buhr joined UST in 2008 with specializations in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her research interests include the study of nationalism and politics in Europe and the effects of European integration on political parties and voting behavior. In addition to her teaching and research at St. Thomas, she has worked as a visiting researcher and teacher at Sciences Po-Bordeaux, an institute for political studies in France. Dr. Buhr studied at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago, as well as the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po-Aix) in Aix-en Provence, France. She worked in a number of organizations outside of academia, including the RAND Corporation, the Central Intelligence Agency and the World Bank (International Finance Corporation). She uses all of these experiences – academic and professional – to teach and advise students interested in Political Science and International Studies, and has served as the Director for the International Studies major since 2012.

Degree
B.A. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin—Madison
M.A., University of Chicago
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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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - W03 Government and Politics M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 SCB 327

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

SCB 327

Course Registration Number:

41748 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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POLS 225 - 01 World Politics M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 308

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OEC 308

Course Registration Number:

40228 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Location Time Day(s)
POLS 424 - D01 Seminar in Int'l Relations - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 210

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

MHC 210

Course Registration Number:

42663 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - W01 Government and Politics - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10172 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 350 - 01 Comparative Politics of Europe - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 JRC LL62

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

JRC LL62

Course Registration Number:

22722 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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