Michael Coppedge


Regular Faculty - Professor


Faculty Fellow, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies


Comparative Politics


B.S. 1979, Randolph-Macon College
M.A. 1982, Yale University
Ph.D. 1988, Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests

Democratization worldwide
Research methods in comparative politics
Political parties, party systems, and elections in Latin America
Venezuelan politics

Advising Specialties

Research design and measurement in comparative politics
Latin America


Coppedge taught at Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Princeton, and Yale before coming to Notre Dame. He is the author of Approaching Democracy: Research Methods in Comparative Politics (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and Strong Parties and Lame Ducks: Presidential Partyarchy and Factionalism in Venezuela (Stanford, 1994). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, and various books. He argues for the complementarity of large- and small-sample research and qualitative and quantitative methods. He is a principle investigator for large collaborative projects to produce new indicators of dozens of attributes of democracy for all countries since 1900.

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment

Contact Information

Office: 216 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-7036
Fax: 574-631-6717
Email: coppedge.1@nd.edu

Mailing Address

Kellogg Institute for International Studies
130 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Coppedge CV