office hours

  • Tues/Thurs: 9:00 - 10:00 and 3:45 - 5:00
  • and by appointment
 

Interests

International and Comparative Politics

European politics

 

Robert Goeckel

Professor of

Political Science & International Relations

Welles Hall 3E
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5459
goeckel@geneseo.edu

Robert Goeckel has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1982.

Faculty Information

Education

  • Ph.D: Harvard University, Government
  • MPP: The University of Michigan, Public Policy
  • A.B.: The University of Michigan, Political Science w/ High Honors Michigan

Research Interests

The relationship between church and state, as well as the role of religion and politics, particularly during the Communist period.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • The Relations between State and Church in the GDR: Ten Years of Anglo-American Studies, Staat und Kirchen in der DDR. Zum Stand der zeithistorischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung, Horst Daehn and Joachim Heise, eds., Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt/M and Berlin, 2003
  • American Church Advocacy of Religious Rights in East Germany: The Legacy of the Past for the Present, Protecting the Human Rights of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe, ed. Peter Danchin and Elizabeth Cole, NY: Columbia University Press, 2002
  • US-German Church Relations, 1968-1990, Germany and the US in the Era of the Cold War, 1945-1990, ed. Detlef Juncker, NY and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004
  • The Baltic Churches and the Liberalization Process, The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia, ed. Michael Bourdeaux, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1995
  • The Lutheran Church and the East German State: Political Conflict and Change under Ulbricht and Honecker, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1990
  • The Luther Anniversary in East Germany, World Politics v. 37, n. 1 (October 1984)
My Classes

Plsc 225:
Politics of East CentralEurope

    A comparative examination of the establishment and development of the former Communist systems in East Central Europe, including the revolutions which brought political change to these regimes. Topics considered include changes in the role of the Communist party and bureaucracy, the economic problems associated with marketization, issues of nationalism and political fragmentation, and the international context of democratization. Offered when demand is sufficient

Plsc 246:
S/U.S. Foreign Policy

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    An examination of the international and domestic setting of US foreign policy, placing contemporary policy in the context of US traditions. The role of actors in the policy-making process will be analyzed, along with problems and choices confronting the US in the post-Cold War world. Individual crises and case studies may be used to illustrate decision-making processes. Offered once yearly

Plsc 329:
Politics of Russia & Eurasia

    A survey of political, economic, and social change in the former Soviet Union as a world superpower of major significance to the United States. Attention is paid to the historical, cultural, ideological, and political inheritance of the former Soviet system, focusing on the reform process. Prerequisites: PLSC 120 or permission of the instructor. Offered once every four semesters

Plsc 345:
Theories-International Relatns

    An exploration of the theoretical approaches to understanding international relations and to explaining outcomes in international relations. The course addresses the dimensions and requirements of good theory. Theoretical approaches employed include realism, interdependence and integration, national values and domestic structure, bureaucratic politics and transnational relations, dependency and Marxist approaches, and psychological approaches. These theoretical approaches address historical and contemporary cases. Prerequisites: PLSC 120, PLSC 140, PLSC 246, senior standing, and permission of instructor.

Plsc 248:
The European Union

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    This course will review the origins and historical development of the European Union after World War II, describe the roles and functions of the EU institutions, and analyze the impact of the EU on various policy areas, domestic and foreign, of the European space. Theoretical perspectives on the process of regional integration will be incorporated in analyzing the prospects for European integration. Prerequisites: PLSC 120 or PLSC 140. Offered once a year

Plsc 345:
Theories-International Relatns

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    An exploration of the theoretical approaches to understanding international relations and to explaining outcomes in international relations. The course addresses the dimensions and requirements of good theory. Theoretical approaches employed include realism, interdependence and integration, national values and domestic structure, bureaucratic politics and transnational relations, dependency and Marxist approaches, and psychological approaches. These theoretical approaches address historical and contemporary cases. Prerequisites: PLSC 120, PLSC 140, PLSC 246, senior standing, and permission of instructor.