Introduction: the citizenship imperative and the political science research methods course
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Almost thirty years ago, when I was applying to graduate school in political science, my senior thesis adviser at Washington University, Charles Franklin, described me in his letter of recommendation (I’m paraphrasing) as someone who thought about politics like a scientist, rather than like some kid who liked politics. I took, and continue to take, these words as a compliment, as I know they were intended. I pursued graduate study out of a desire to take this subject that I had always enjoyed following and to study it with more analytical rigor.

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