This course will introduce you to the field of U.S. politics and serve as preparation for the U.S. politics field exam, covering canonical works with an eye toward recent developments. While focused on the politics of just one nation, the field of U.S. politics has been an incubator of novel theorizing and methodologies, many of which have been taken up by scholars across the field of Political Science. Thus, you should understand this course not only as offering a deep understanding of U.S. government and politics but also as providing insight into the broader field. We will cover a wide range of topics in the study of U.S. politics. We begin with political culture, major political institutions, and federalism and state and local politics; we then cover political parties, interest groups, voter turnout, and elections; we end with the study of public opinion and inequality, including the politics of marginalized groups and democratic responsiveness. Finally, this course will also help you to develop your scholarly writing skills and ability to identify ways in which you might meaningfully contribute to the field.