Michael Coppedge



Regular Faculty - Professor


Faculty Fellow, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies


Comparative Politics


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. His is one of the Principal Investigators for the Varieties of Democracy project (V-Dem), which has measured hundreds of attributes of democracy and governance for most countries since 1900 and won the APSA Comparative Politics Section's 2016 "Best Dataset" prize. He is the author of Approaching Democracy: Research Methods in Comparative Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Strong Parties and Lame Ducks: Presidential Partyarchy and Factionalism in Venezuela (Stanford, 1994). His articles have appeared in the Journal of PoliticsWorld PoliticsPerspectives on PoliticsComparative PoliticsComparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political ResearchDemocratizationParty Politics, other journals, and various books. He argues for the complementarity of large- and small-sample research and qualitative and quantitative methods and is now using V-Dem data to analyze dimensions of democracy and the diffusion of democracy.

Office Hours

Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30 a.m. to noon

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