Scott Minkoff

Assistant Professor of Political Science

American Government & Politics

Department Representative 2013-14

Professor Scott Minkoff joined the Barnard faculty on July 1, 2011.  He teaches courses on American politics, state and local politics, federalism, legislative politics, policy development, and data analysis in the social sciences.  

Professor Minkoff's research focuses on the politics of public goods provision in American metropolitan areas.  He is currently working on projects about local economic development planning and how local policy choices impact moving decisions.  His research involves the use of quantitative and qualitative social science methodologies with an emphasis on spatial statistics, geographic information systems, and network analysis.  In addition to local politics, Professor Minkoff conducts research on legislative and budgetary politics.  

Academic Focus: 

Local Politics
State Politics
Policy Development
Legislative Politics
Empirical Research Methodology
Spatial Statistics and Geographic Information Systems


You will find selected syllabi on-line.

POLS W 1201 Introduction to American Politics
Discussion section W 1211 required. Enrollment limited to 100 students. "L"-course sign-up.

POLS BC 3304 Colloquium on Politics and Policy-Making in American Federalism
Enrollment limited to 16 students. Admission by application through the Political Science Department only.
Cross-listed by the Urban Studies Program.

POLS V 3222 Political Science Research Methods
Co-requisite:  V 3223 Computer Lab. Enrollment Limited to 30 students.

POLS BC 3328 Politics of Urban Development

POLS BC 3761 Senior Research Seminar in American Government and Politics (no longer a part of the curriculum)

Awards & Honors: 
  • 2011 National Science Foundation Political Science Program Dissertation Improvement Grant
  • 2010 Best Paper, Urban Politics Section (American Political Science Association 2010 Annual Conference) for "The Proximate Polity: The Spatial Context of the Local Developmental Goods Provision"
  • 2010 Norton Long Young Scholars Award (American Political Science Association, Urban Politics Section)
  • 2010 Stone Scholar (American Political Science Association, Urban Politics Section)
Professional Affiliations: 

“From Competition to Cooperation: A Dyadic Approach to Interlocal Agreements.” 2013. American Politics Research 41: 261-297.

"The Proximate Polity: Spatial Context and Political Risk in Local Developmental Goods Provision." 2012. Urban Affairs Review 48 (3).

"Minding Your Neighborhood: The Spatial Context of Local Redistribution." 2009. Social Science Quarterly 90 (3): 516-37.


Office: Lehman Hall 420
Tel 212.854.5046
Fax 212.854.3024

Office Hours: 

Spring 2014:

Mondays: 10-12:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 12:45p.m. - 1:45p.m.

& by appointment


Ph.D., M.A. University of Colorado at Boulder

B.A. Skidmore College

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