Faculty

Michael Thies

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Vice Chair

Contact Information

Email    thies@polisci.ucla.edu
Office  4335 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-1976
Michael Thies brings a specialist's theoretical knowledge of legislative institutions, electoral systems, and party competition to the study of Japanese politics. He is the author of articles on electoral politics and policy-making in Japan, appearing in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Comparative Political Studies. His recent work studies the logic of delegation in coalition formation and the electoral foundations of legislative organization. He offers a popular graduate course on political institutions, delegation, and policy-making, and an introductory undergraduate course in comparative politics. He spent 1999-2000 as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Degrees

U.C. San Diego, 1994

Fields of Study

Comparative Politics

Current Courses by Term

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2014 Spring Quarter

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2014 Winter Quarter

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

Seminar: Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2013 Fall Quarter

Research Group Seminars: Global Studies

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

Seminar: Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics Proseminar

2013 Summer Session

Introduction to Global Studies

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2013 Spring Quarter

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2013 Winter Quarter

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

Institutions and Comparative Politics: Political Institutions, Delegation, and Policy-Making

2012 Fall Quarter

Research Group Seminars: Global Studies

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2012 Summer Session

Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2012 Winter Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2011 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2011 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2010 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2010 Summer Session

Government and Politics of Japan

2010 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

2009 Fall Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

Seminar: Comparative Politics

2008 Fall Quarter

Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions

Research Design Seminar for Honors Thesis

2008 Spring Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

2007 Fall Quarter

Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions

2007 Spring Quarter

Research Design Seminar for Honors Thesis

2006 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Introduction to Political Inquiry: Problems of Scientific Inquiry and Normative Discourse

2006 Winter Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Comparative Government

2005 Fall Quarter

Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions

Introduction to Political Inquiry: Problems of Scientific Inquiry and Normative Discourse

2005 Spring Quarter

Research Design Seminar for Honors Thesis

2005 Winter Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

2004 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

2004 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions

2004 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2003 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Introduction to Political Inquiry: Problems of Scientific Inquiry and Normative Discourse

2003 Spring Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

2003 Winter Quarter

Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2002 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Institutions and Comparative Politics: Political Institutions, Delegation, and Policy-Making

2001 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

2001 Spring Quarter

Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions

2001 Winter Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

2000 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

1999 Winter Quarter

Government and Politics of Japan

1998 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Comparative Politics

1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

POL SCI 195CE
Community and Corporate Internships in Political Science

2014 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Summer Session

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Summer Session

POL SCI 258
Comparative Politics Proseminar

2014 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 240B
Seminar: Comparative Politics

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

GLBL ST 194
Research Group Seminars: Global Studies

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 50
Introduction to Comparative Politics

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 240A
Seminar: Comparative Politics

2013 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 254B
Institutions and Comparative Politics: Political Institutions, Delegation, and Policy-Making

2013 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 160
Government and Politics of Japan

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Summer Session

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 166
Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 191H
Research Design Seminar for Honors Thesis

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 292A
Introduction to Political Inquiry: Problems of Scientific Inquiry and Normative Discourse

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 191D
Variable Topics Seminars for Majors: Comparative Government

2006 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2004 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 259
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 160

1998 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 50

1997 Fall Quarter