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Comparative Politics

The subfield of Comparative Politics focuses on the varying dynamics of power, authority and collective decision-making in polities around the world. Our group of six comparative politics faculty is especially interested in the social, organizational, and ideational bases of political mobilization and power across a wide variety of contexts.

  • Erin Beck’s research addresses development in Latin America, especially Guatemala.
  • Dennis Galvan works on the blending of Western and non-Western practices, or institutional “syncretism,” in Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • Craig Kauffman specializes in environmental politics and transnational interaction in Latin America.
  • Craig Parsons focuses on elite policy-making and political parties in the European Union.
  • Tuong Vu writes on the social foundations of state power in Southeast Asia.

Recent or current PhDs have written on topics like comparative federalism in the U.S. and the E.U., politics of the body in Senegal and the U.S., Chinese elites, Roma identity in Eastern Europe, Mexican social movements, or Turkish democratization.



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