Comparative Politics

What is Comparative Politics?

Scholars in Comparative Politics investigate critical issues and questions in Political Science, drawing evidence from regions and countries around the world.  By employing one of the fundamental practices of scientific inquiry (comparison) we are able to make important contributions to research on social and economic inequality, economic development, women's rights, democracy and political institutions, regime change, political violence, and ethnic politics.  The expansion of the internet has brought much of the world to our desktop (see Data links), but comparative political scientists still conduct primary research in the field--interviewing political elites, conducting surveys, and running field experiments.


Dr. Tiffany Barnes was back in the field this summer, conducting further research on gender and politics in Argentina.  This fall, she is serving as a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institutes for International Studies at Notre Dame, where she is working on her book manuscript on women’s legislative behavior in the Argentine provinces.

Dr. Emily Beaulieu participated in a workshop on election integrity at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs this summer, and is working to finalize production of her book on electoral protest and democracy in developing countries.  Currently, Dr. Beaulieu is beginning new research projects on parliamentary brawls and teaching a new course on “Cheating, Corruption, and Crime”.

Dr. Abby Córdova's ongoing book project, Violence against Women and Political Participation in Contexts of Criminal Violence, explores the effects of increased levels of criminal violence by non-state groups on violence against women and on women’s engagement in politics.

Offered Courses

PS 210 Introduction to Comparative Politics (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)



Archigos (leadership database)

Comparative Constitutions Project

Comparative Study of Electoral Systems

Database of Political Institutions

Electoral Integrity Project

European Protest and Corecion Data

Freedom House

Latin American Newspapers (UK access)

Lexis-Nexis (UK access)

Minorities at Risk

National Elections across Democracy and Autocracy (NELDA)

Data on International Election Monitoring

Polity IV

Quality of Government

World Development Indicators (UK access)

World Values Survey


National Science Foundation: Dissertation Improvement Grants (Jan. 15; Sept. 16)

Tinker Foundation:Field Research Grants (Oct. 1)

Fulbright Foundation:Student Program (country-specific grants) (Oct. 15)

Fulbright-Hays: Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship   (June 3)

Social Science Research Council: International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Nov. 7)

Ford Foundation 


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