Comparative Politics subfield

The Notre Dame Political Science program is an excellent option for graduate students in comparative politics. With twelve full-time faculty members and several additional faculty in comparative politics, our group is larger than the comparative faculty in many prestigious political science departments. It has considerable geographical and thematic breadth.

Five faculty members specialize in Latin American politics; four in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, or the former Soviet Union; and multiple faculty members focus on Africa or Asia. Our faculty have made important intellectual contributions that transcend the regions in which they specialize. Our department is particularly well known for cross-regional strength in democratization and regime change, as well as political parties and institutions. Michael Coppedge, Scott Mainwaring, and Timothy Scully have published influential research on regimes, political parties and institutions, and democratic governance. We have several other emerging clusters of thematic strength. Guillermo Trejo and Sarah Daly bring us recognition in the areas of political conflict/violence and conflict resolution, especially human rights violations/genocide and peace-building. Debra Javeline is well known for her work in political protest and contentious politics; Victoria Tin-bor Hui, for her work on state formation in China and Western Europe. Amitava Dutt specializes in the political economy of developing countries, and Jaimie Bleck focuses on political parties and civil society in western Africa. We also are strong in the areas of identity politics; several faculty members work on religion, ethnicity, and nationalism (Dowd, Andrew Gould, McGraw and Scully). Javeline and James McAdams work on comparative judicial politics and transitional justice.

Our faculty has wide-ranging methodological interests and expertise. Michael Coppedge is known for his writings on multi-method research and chaired an APSA Task Force on Indicators of Democracy and Governance. He currently directs the Varieties of Democracy project, which is based at Notre Dame. Debra Javeline has conducted innovative original survey research, as have Scully, McGraw and Samuel Valenzuela. Gary Goertz combines expertise in comparative politics and international relations and has become one of the world’s leading specialists in mixed methods. 

As a group, we are methodologically eclectic, a collegial community of research scholars that is not rigidly divided along methodological lines. We encourage our students to work in whatever methodological tradition that is most appropriate for their projects, whether it is institutional analysis, survey research, historical approaches, class analysis, textual analysis, or game theory. 

In addition to departmental resources, many of our students receive travel and research funding from other University sources, including the internationally renowned Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. These institutes are vibrant centers of intellectual activity and scholarly exchange. Through their visiting fellows programs and their financial sponsorship of research working groups and external speakers’ series, Kellogg, Kroc and Nanovic enrich the intellectual environment by exposing students to distinguished scholars from other universities in the U.S. and around the world.

 

Faculty

Specialty within Comparative Politics

Contact

Jaimie Bleck

African politics, democratization, education, citizenship

jbleck@nd.edu

574-631-5069

Michael Coppedge

Latin American politics, democratization, political parties, research design and methods, measurement

coppedge.1@nd.edu

574-631-7036

Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

African politics, religion and politics, democratization, political development, ethnic politics

rdowd1@nd.edu

574-631-4454

Andrew Gould

European politics, political development, taxes, religion and politics, research methods

agould@nd.edu

574-631-7674

Victoria Tin-Bor Hui

Asian and European politics, state formation, contentious politics, political culture, Chinese politics

thui@nd.edu

574-631-7570

Debra Javeline

Mass political behavior, survey research, post-Soviet and post-communist politics, the politics of climate change adaptation

javeline@nd.edu

574-631-2793

Scott Mainwaring

Latin American politics, democratic and authoritarian regimes, transitions to democracy, political parties

smainwar@nd.edu

574-631-8530

A. James McAdams

European politics, communist and post-communist politics, German politics, religion and politics, comparative judicial politics, transitional justice

A.J.McAdams.5@nd.edu

574-631-5253

Rev. Sean McGraw, C.S.C.

European politics, political parties, civil society, religion and politics, Irish politics

mcgraw.4@nd.edu

574-631-7655

Timothy Scully, C.S.C.

Latin American politics, political parties, religion and politics, democratization, electoral politics

scully.1@nd.edu

574-631-9902

Guillermo Trejo

Latin American politics, collective action and social protest, political violence and conflict resolution, religious and ethnic politics

gtrejo@nd.edu

574-631-9303

 

 

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