Kirill Zhirkov

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S383
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
PhD, University of Michigan, 2020
MA, University of Michigan, 2020
MA, Utrecht University (Netherlands), 2010
BA, St Petersburg State University (Russia), 2008
PLAD 2222: Research Methods
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to political science research methods. We will address basic principles of research design and data analysis, including hypothesis testing, measurement, case selection and data gathering. What are the strengths and weaknesses of particular methods? How can we improve our ability to draw inferences from data? Our goals are to learn how to ask good questions and to consider different approaches to answering them.
PLAD 7100: Political Research with Quantitative Methods
Credits: 4
Introduces probability and statistics as tools for quantitative political science analysis. Covers basic probability theory, descriptive statistics, and statistical inference with focus on the specification and interpretation of the regression model. Weekly homework assignments allow students to practice applying the concepts and methods from class. The course requires no prior experience with statistics.
PLAD 7500: Special Topics in Politics
Credits: 1–3
Intensive analysis of selected issues and concepts that are relevant to all subfields of political science.
PLAD 8310: Advanced Quantitative Applications in Political Science
Credits: 3
Considers the use of selected techniques of behavioral research in the study of government and foreign affairs. Emphasizes the assumptions, procedures, and applications of the techniques rather than substantive findings. Prerequisite: PLAD 7090, 7100, or equivalents.
PLAD 8320: Advanced Topics in Multivariate Analysis
Credits: 3
A survey and application of multivariate modeling techniques. Prerequisite: PLAD 7090, 7100, or equivalents.
PLAD 8500: Topics in Political Science
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in political science.