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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 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - W04 Government and Politics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 308

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC 308

Course Registration Number:

42265 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 225 - 01 World Politics M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 207

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

OEC 207

Course Registration Number:

40290 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 320 - 01 American Foreign Policy M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 310

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OEC 310

Course Registration Number:

42633 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Renee L. Buhr

This course will examine both the history and politics of U.S. foreign policy. As the United States developed from a small post-colonial government to a world power, its foreign policy philosophies, goals, and behaviors changed markedly. By outlining important periods in U.S. history, then examining the role of certain political actors such as the President, Congress, the bureaucracy, and the American public, we can gain a better understanding of the forces that have shaped U.S. foreign policy in the past and will continue to shape it into the distant future. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of the instructor.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - W02 Government and Politics - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21697 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 328 - 01 International Security M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22568 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Renee L. Buhr

This course allows students to develop a deeper understanding of theories, cases and concepts in security studies. Students examine “traditional” security topics such as IR theory, regime security, and WMD technology/proliferation. Students will also examine a number of topics that have been added to this subfield in the post-Cold War era, including ethnic conflict, democratic peace theory, terrorism and human security. A better understanding of all of the topics included in security studies, both traditional and contemporary, will allow students to be better consumers of U.S. security policy and will set the stage for those students who choose to study national security at the graduate level. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of the instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
POLS 398 - 01 Econ Politics Brexit in N Ire M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22567 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Renee L. Buhr

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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