Michael J. Coppedge

Michael J. Coppedge


Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Methodology

Research and Teaching Interests: Democratization, quantitative and multi-method research, Latin America

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

216 Hesburgh Center




Faculty Fellow, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Senior Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University (spring 2021)

Coppedge taught at Yale, Johns Hopkins-SAIS, and Princeton, 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 1789 and won the APSA Comparative Politics Section's 2016 "Best Dataset" prize. He is the author of Democratization and Research Methods (Cambridge, 2012), Strong Parties and Lame Ducks: Presidential Partyarchy and Factionalism in Venezuela (Stanford, 1994) and co-author of Varieties of Democracy: Measuring Two Centuries of Political Change (Cambridge, 2020). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, Democratization, Party 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 international infuences on democracy.