Politics in Theory and Practice

Analyzing International Relations and American Politics



Politics in Theory and Practice is a political science blog that analyzes international relations and American politics. We cover everything from current events to political science theory to abstract political philosophy. We started this blog on February 14, 2016, and have been posting regularly ever since.

Main Authors

Sam Seitz (@samseitz3) is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he studied international politics, European studies, and security studies. Sam has worked for the British Ministry of Defense, the BMW Center for German and European Studies, and recently concluded a stint serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Security Studies Review. His areas of interest broadly include alliance politics, international political economy, proliferation, status-seeking, and the intersection of comparative politics and international relations.

Evan Katz is a Master of Public Policy candidate at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He currently serves as an editor for the Sanford Journal of Public Policy. Previously, Evan spent time on Capitol Hill working for former U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) and former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). He has also worked in Georgia politics for both State Representative Spencer Frye (D-Athens) and Attorney General Chris Carr. Evan graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 with degrees in Political Science and International Affairs, as well as certificates in Public Affairs and Global Studies. His interests include American politics and institutions, elections and electoral systems, political parties, and comparative politics.

This blog is primarily written by both Sam and Evan, but it will also feature guest contributors to keep the content fresh and provide a broader range of views and analysis.

We hope you enjoy, and we look forward to your comments and insights. If you enjoy what we write, please subscribe, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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