Regina Anne Bateson
At MIT, Regina teaches courses in comparative politics and research methods.

FALL 2014

17.850 Scope and Methods (PhD Seminar; co-taught with Rich Nielsen)

The world is full of compelling stories, fascinating events, and baffling puzzles. But how do these ideas translate into research? This seminar helps political science PhD students move from topics of interest to research questions, and it gives them the skills necessary to answer those questions with solid, well-designed empirical research. (Syllabus)

17.55J Introduction to Latin American Politics (Undergraduate Lecture)

This introductory lecture class explores Latin America’s culture, history, and politics. The class begins with an overview of major themes in the region. Then it delves into three units focusing on human rights in Argentina and Chile, the Salvadoran civil war, and migration from Latin America to the United States. Students deepen their understanding of these topics through essays and in-class debates. The class draws on films, visual art, journalistic reporting, memories, novels, and social scientific articles. (Syllabus)


17.878 Qualitative Research: Design and Methods (PhD Seminar)

This seminar prepares political science PhD students to conduct qualitative, interpersonal research. Students will also become familiar with the major debates surrounding qualitative research in the discipline, and they will learn to assess the design, execution, and interpretation of qualitative field research. The course focuses on interviewing and ethnography. Throughout the semester, the students complete research projects at local field sites. (Syllabus)

At Yale, Regina was a teaching fellow for International Security and Post-Conflict Politics. She has also lectured on civil wars, human security, post-conflict governance, and crime and democracy in Latin America. In 2009, she designed and taught a short course on quantitative methods at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.