Comparative Politics

The study of Comparative Politics at Notre Dame covers considerable geographical and thematic breadth. Our comparative politics faculty is comprised of distinguished experts on Latin America, Africa, the former Soviet Union, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, and other areas. Our faculty is particular well known for its cross-regional strength in democratization and regime change. We have several other clusters of thematic strength, including political conflict and violence, the politics of religion, political parties and institutions, authoritarianism, and contentious politics, among other topic.

As a group, we are a collegial community of research scholars that is not rigidly divided along methodological lines. We train students in virtually all approaches, encourage our students to conduct fieldwork and to work in the methodological tradition is most appropriate for their research. 

The study of Comparative Politics has been enriched by the interdisciplinary institutes at Notre Dame, including the internationally renowned Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European StudiesLiu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Keough School of Global Affairs. These institutes are vibrant centers of our intellectual activity and scholarly exchange as well as provide research support for the Comparative Politics community.


Faculty

Jaimie Bleck

Associate Professor

Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

Associate Professor

Gary Goertz

Professor

Andrew C. Gould

Associate Professor

Michael Hoffman

Assistant Professor

Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Associate Professor

Debra Javeline

Associate Professor

Karrie J. Koesel

Associate Professor

A. James McAdams

William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs

Sean McGraw

Assistant Professor

Thomas Mustillo

Associate Professor

Susan Ostermann

Assistant Professor of Global Affairs

Steve Reifenberg

Associate Professor of the Practice of International Development

Luis Schiumerini

Assistant Professor

Jazmin Sierra

Assistant Professor

Guillermo Trejo

Associate Professor

J. Samuel Valenzuela

Kellogg Professor

Peter Walshe

Emeritus Faculty

Susanne Wengle

Assistant Professor