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International and Comparative Politics

European politics


Robert Goeckel

Professor of

Political Science & International Relations

Welles Hall 3E
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

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

Faculty Information


  • 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)
Fall 2016 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. Topic
    s 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
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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 anal
    yzed, 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
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PLSC 322:
Germany from Nazis to Present

    This course will explore the origins, history, and legacy of Nazi Germany, the development of domestic and foreign policies of the two Germanies during the Cold War, and the causes and process of the
    East German revolution in 1989. Based on this background, the course will address and analyze various policy problems--political, social, economic, and foreign-facing contemporary Germany. Major debates about Germany, such as the reasons for the Nazi seizure of power, responsibility for the Holocaust, themes of continuity and change, coming to terms with the past, and comparisons and relations with the U.S. will highlight the course. (Crossed listed with HIST 322). Prerequisites: PLSC 120 or permission of the instructor. Not offered on a regular basis
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