Paul R. Hensel

Mailing Address:
Department of Political Science
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305340
Denton, TX 76203-5017


Office: 165 Wooten Hall

Phone: (940) 369-7330

Teaching Schedule

Fall 2020

UNT's plan for the fall semester is to have all students, faculty, and staff in Denton. Both of my courses are classified as "partially remote," meaning that some elements of the class will be done remotely and others face-to-face, using safety precautions such as wearing face masks, using a larger classroom than would normally be needed for this number of students to allow for safe social distancing, and only having half of the students in the course meet face-to-face at any given time:

  • Remote: I will post lecture videos for each topic on Canvas for students to watch as their schedules allow before the face-to-face class discussion meetings. All class assignments (except for discussion) will also be completed through Canvas, including quizzes on the assigned readings, six 3-page analytical papers, and take-home midterm and final exams.
  • Face-to face: the members of the class will be divided alphabetically into two equal groups before the semester (I will email everybody no later than the first day of class with their group assignment), with each group meeting separately to discuss the material from each topic in the syllabus. The course is divided into 20 topics, each of which will be covered in two class meetings. Group A will meet face-to-face for discussion in the first class meeting for the topic (and will not meet in person for the second), while group B will meet face-to-face in the second class meeting for the topic (and will not meet in person for the first). The syllabus will make clear which days each group will meet; please be sure that you have done the assigned reading and watched the relevant video lectures before your group's discussion meeting.

The full syllabus for each course will be provided at the following pages once everything has been finalized (some information about each course is already posted here, and more will be added as more course details are finalized):

Spring 2021 (tentative):

Summer 2021:

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Notable Recent Changes to Site

Teaching: Explained fall 2020 courses (June-July 2020). Updated Common Writing Problems page with a few more problems and cross-references within the page (Fall 2019). Expanded the SPSS (and PSPP) Guide from my PSCI 2300 course (Fall 2019). Expanded discussion of job-related skills from poli sci degrees in my Political Science page (Fall 2019).

My Research: Added 2017 ISA-Hong Kong paper on issue linkage between territorial and identity claims, 2017 Hensel/Frederick ISA paper on territorial integrity, 2017 territory/issues review chapter from Bill Thompson's Encyclopedia of Empirical IR Theory, 2017 Frederick/Hensel/Macaulay JPR article describing the ICOW territorial claims data, 2017 Hensel/Mitchell CMPS article on the evolution of the ICOW project, 2016 Hensel/Krastev paper on local residents and territorial claims, 2016 Hensel/Macaulay ISA paper on identity claims, and 2015 Hensel/Macaulay irredentism paper.

My Data: Added announcement about 2019 J. David Singer Data Innovation Award to relevant pages (Fall 2019). Added ICOW quarterly and annual reviews page (May 2019). Released version 1.30 of the ICOW Historical State Names data (November 2018), version 1.10 of the ICOW Colonial History data (November 2018), and version 1.02 of the ICOW Territorial Claims data (December 2016). Updated the ICOW General Coding Manual to reflect the addition of identity claims, ICOW River Claims Coding Manual to improve the discussion of dams using the ICOLD data, and released the initial version of the ICOW Identity Claims Coding Manual; and updated the ICOW Non-State Actors List to include actors involved in recently coded settlement attempts (December 2018).

Other: Verified links in the newspaper pages (January 2020). Added a privacy policy page to explain use of cookies (December 2019). Updated all site code from HTML 4.1 to full HTML5 compliance, added a SSL certificate so the site can use the more secure HTTPS rather than standard HTTP, and merged a number of substantive poli sci pages (most of which received few visitors per year anyway) into course-related pages where their material will be more useful (Summer 2018).
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