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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 2015 Classes

PLSC 140:
S/International Politics

    An introduction to the concepts and relationships characterizing the modern international system. Based on a review of historical and contemporary developments, students will be challenged to evaluate
    issues of continuity and change, states and non-state actors, conflict and cooperation, and power and principles. Approaches to international order, such as international law and organizations, the balance of power, and integration will be addressed, along with contemporary problems in the post-Cold War world.
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PLSC 226:
Politics of Western Europe

    A comparative analysis of political, economic, social, and foreign policy issues of countries in Western Europe. Special attention is given to the growing importance of the European Union. Offered wh
    en demand is sufficient
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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, ideologic
    al, 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
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