Michael Coppedge

Michael Coppedge


Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Methodology

Research and Teaching Interests: Democratization worldwide; Research methods in comparative politics; Measurement; Political parties, party systems, and elections in Latin America; Venezuelan politics

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

216 Hesburgh Center




Faculty Fellow, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies

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.