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Graduate Courses

I offer several courses on my substantive interests and two research methods courses, one on research design and one on qualitative methodology.  At the graduate level I offer substantive classes on Comparative Politics, Peasant Politics, and Latin American Politics.  An updated syllabus for each of these courses is available in the main office of the Political Science Department:  Anderson 234.  The courses I offer regularly are as follows:

Comparative Politics  [for Comparative Core syllabus click here]

This class is an introduction to the field of comparative politics at the doctoral level.  It is recommended for all doctoral students with a major or minor in comparative politics.  The purpose of this course is to give students a broad understanding of the field of comparative politics and to introduce them to the current debates and research concerns in the field. The course also covers the major literature on comparative politics and introduces students to some of the newest and best recent literature in comparative politics.  A second goal of this course is to help students prepare for the comprehensive exam in comparative politics at the major or minor level. The reading load is heavy for this course and the exam is a smaller version of the comprehensive exam.  The course is intellectually demanding and students normally make it one of their top priorities in the semester they take the course.


The reading load for this course is heavy and is updated every time the course is offered in order to keep the list current with the field of comparative politics. For the fall of 2012, the book list is as follows.  These books can be purchased locally or online. 

The following books, or parts of books, are required reading. 

1. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
2. Karl Marx, The Portable Karl Marx
3. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
4. Barrington Moore, Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
5. Samuel Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies
6. Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions
7. Robert Dahl, Polyarchy
8. Robert Putnam, Making Democracy Work
9. Leslie Anderson, Social Capital in Developing Democracies
10.  Amaney Jamal, Barriers to Democracy
11. Morris Fiorina,  Retrospective Voting  (some chapters only)
21. Paul Sniderman, Reasoning and Choice (some chapters only)
13. V.O. Key, The Responsible Electorate
14. Leslie Anderson and Lawrence Dodd, Learning Democracy
15. Ronald Inglehart, The Silent Revolution
16. Valerie Bunce, Subversive Institutions
17. Peter Swenson, Capitalists Against Markets
18. Mancur Olson, The Logic of Collective Action
19. Albert Hirschman, Shifting Involvements
20. James Scott, The Moral Economy of the Peasant 
21. Kristen Monroe, The Heart of Altruism
22. Anthony Marx, Making Race and Nation
23. Nancy Bermeo, Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

Democracy and Its Competitors for most recent syllabus click here 

This doctoral seminar is an effort to understand how democracy can bring about its own demise.  It is also a effort to understand how and why democracy can live with deeply undemocratic institutions such as apartheid, racism in the United States South and clientelism.  We begin by studying several of the foundations of democracy such as the creation of the Constitution, political parties, the presence or absence of democratic social capital and popular contention.  We continue with a study of how anti-democratic forces can undermine democracy from within or how democracy can co-exist with authoritarianism.  The course is a study of how democracy and authoritarianism can coexist.  This is not a course about democratization.

The following books are required reading.

1. V.O. Key, Southern Politics in State and Nation
2. Michael Coppedge, Strong Parties and Lame Ducks
3. Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
4. Ashtosh Varshney, Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life:  Hindus and Moslims in India
5. Thornton Anderson, Creating the Constitution
6.  Edward Gibson, Boundary Control:  Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies
7. Robert Price, The Apartheid State in Crisis
8. Steven Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet
9. James Griffin, Black Like Me
10. Edward Jones, The Known World
11. Norbert Frei, Adenauer's Germany and the Nazi Past
12. Stanley Payne, Fascism in Spain
13. Peter Fritzsche, Germans Into Nazis
14. Edith Hann, The Nazi Officer's Wife
16. Susan Eckstein, The Poverty of Revolution (on Mexico)
17. Javier Auyero, Poor People's Politics (on Argentina)
18. Leslie Anderson, Democratization by Institutions:  Argentina's Transition Years in Comparative Perspective
19. Leslie Anderson, Social Capital in Developing Democracies:  Nicaragua and Argentina Compared
20. Omar Encarnation, Democracy Without Justice in Spain:  The Politics of Forgetting


This class is an advanced electoral seminar on the politics of the poor. It is an interdisciplinary introduction to the peasantry and the class composition is usually drawn from several departments, including political science, anthropology, and the Masters Program in Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. The class studies peasant culture and politics, with a specific focus on revolution, organized non-violent action, right-wing activism, and non-collective, individual action. This class is currently being offered (Spring, 2009).

The following books are required reading in the class this semester:

E.P. Thompson, "The Moral Economy of the English Crowd," (2-part article, Past and Present, 1971)
Eric Wolf, Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century
A.V. Chayanov, A Theory of Peasant Economy
James Scott, The Moral Economy of the Peasant
Samuel Popkin, The Rational Peasant
Leslie Anderson, The Political Ecology of the Modern Peasant
Robert Paxton, French Peasant Fascism:  Henry Dorgere's Greenshirts adn the Crisis of FrenchAgriculture, 1929-1939
John Farquharson, The Plough and the Swastika
Christopher Boyer, Becoming Campesinos
Victor Magagna, Communities of Grain
John Gaventa, Power and Powerlessness:  Quiescence and Rebellion in An Appalachian Village
Billie Jean Isbell, To Defend Ourselves:  Ecology and Ritual in An Andean Village
Conrad Kottack, Assault on Paradise:  Social Change in a Brazilian Village
Beatriz Manz, Paradise in Ashes:  A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror and Hope
Jean Hatzfeld, Machete Season:  The Killers in Rwanda Speak
Adam Ashforth, Witchcraft, Violence and Democracy in South Africa

 Research Design (The Conduct of Inquiry) [last offered spring, 2016}; [for syllabus click here]

This class is required of all incoming doctoral students.  It is an introduction to research design that familiarizes students with a variety of research techniques and data collection methods.  It includes both quantitative and qualitative data collection.  Students conduct fieldwork and collect data as part of the class requirements.  The reading load is light.  All students are required to do some survey research. Most will also engage in qualitative data collection or participant observation.  Data collection methods include survey research, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and archival research.  

This course has been recognized in the profession of political science as an example of how to teach research methods in a manner that encourages methodological pluralism. A description of the course and its pedagogical goals can be found in my chapter in Kristen Renwick Monroe, Perestroika: The Raucous Rebellion in Political Science, Yale University Press, 2005.

This class is will be offered by me in the Spring semester, 2012.  The following books were required reading the last time I offered this class in the Fall of 2009. 

1. Gary King, Robert Keohane, Sidney Verba, Designing Social Inquiry
2. Robert Putnam, Making Democracy Work
3. H. Russell Bernard, Research Methods in Anthropology:  Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches 
4. Kristen Monroe, ed,  Perestroika
5. Kristen Monroe, The Hand of Compassion
6. Charles Tilly, Popular Contention in Great Britain:  1758-1834
7. Marc Howard Ross, The Culture of Conflict
8. Jonathan Moses and T. Knutson, Ways of Knowing
9. Andrea Press and Elisabeth Cole, Speaking of Abortion

The following articles are required reading for Fall 2009. (N=3)

Clifford Geertz,  "Deep Play:  Notes on the Balinese Cockfight," Daedalus, Winter, 1972, reprinted in Clifford Geertz, ed., Myth, Symbol and Culture
Katherine Bischoping and Howard Schuman, "Pens and Polls in Nicaragua:  An Analysis of the 1990 Pre-election Surveys," American Journal of Political Science, Vol 36, 1992
Leslie Anderson, "Neutrality and Bias in the 1990 Nicaraguan Preelection Polls:  A Comment on Bischoping and Schuman, American Journal of Political Science, Vol 38, 1994

Qualitative Research Methodology (graduate level)

This class introduces students to qualitative research methodologies.  The purpose of the course is the help students understand the value and utility of qualitative methods.  These methods have multiple advantages:  They allow scholars to be exploratory in their research, conducting research where none has been done before.  Qualitative methods may also be more sensitive methods or more unobtrusive.  The course covers all of these various advantages to qualitative methods.  Additionally, the readings cover ways that qualitative data can be analyzed systematically.  The methods learned in this course include participant observation, discourse analysis, content analysis, archival research, focus groups, in-depth interviewing, and the study of culture.  Students do one group project - a focus group project - together.  They also do one individual project using one of the qualitative methods studied in this course.  The work load for this class is heavier than for the Conduct of Inquiry course described above.   The work load stretches across assigned readings and assigned research projects.  The books and articles are a combination of works on methodology and works that exemplify one of the methods studied in the course.
    Please note:  there are a large number of computer programs that can be used to analyze qualitative data.  This class will not cover those programs.  The course is about data collection, not about data analysis.

For this class students are required to read the following books and articles:


Catherine Lutz and Abu-Lughod, Language and the Politics of Emotion
Jane Edwards and Martin D. Lampert, Talking Data:  Transcription and Coding in Discourse Analysis
H. Russell Bernard, Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology
David W. Stewart and Prem N. Shamdasani, Focus Groups:  Theory and Practice
David L. Morgan, Focus Groups as Qualitative Research
Richard A. Krueger, Focus Groups:  A Practical Guide for Applied Research
Herbert J. Rubin and Irene S. Rubin, Qualitative Interviewing - The Art of Hearing Data
Uwe Flick, An Introduction to Qualitative Research
Grant McCracken, The Long Interview
Victor Klemperer, The Language of the Third Reich:  LTI:  Lingui Tertii Imperii:  A Philologist's Notebook
Kristen Renwick Monroe, The Heart of Altruism
Daniel Levine, Popular Voices in Latin American Catholicism
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, In the Realm of the Diamond Queen:  Marginality in an Out of the Way Place
James C. Scott,  Domination and the Arts of Resistance:  Hidden Transcripts
Stephen C. Craig, The Malevolent Leaders:  Popular Discontent in America
E. Digby Baltzell, Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia:  Two Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Class Authority and Leadership
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Death Without Weeping


John F. Padgett and Christopher K. Ansell, "Robust Action and the Rise of the Medici, 1400-1434," American Journal of Sociology, Vol 98, 1993

Doctoral Students

A number of doctoral students have completed or are currently doing fascinating research with my guidance.  Most of these dissertations address some aspect of democratization and democratic development.  Most of these students are fluent in at least two languages.  They are trained and are doing doctoral research in the tradition of V.O. Key, as found in his books, Southern Politics and The Retrospective Voter.  Accordingly their research combines deep historical and cultural understanding of the regions and countries they are studying with sophisticated analysis of qualitative or quantitative data or some combination of both.  Their research also reflects their thorough knowledge of the broader field of comparative politics and is firmly grounded in contemporary theories of comparative politics.

In recognition of more than twenty years of supervising doctoral dissertations and successfully graduating and placing doctoral students, the University of Florida awarded me the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award in 2014.  for mentoring statement click here

Completed dissertations I have supervised are:

At the University of Colorado

1) Melanie Mason, graduated, Spring, 1994, "State Autonomy in Mexico and Brazil:  The Partnership Between Organized Labor and the Dependent State," Melanie works at NCAR, Boulder, Colorado

At the University of Florida

2) Edward Greaves, graduated, Spring, 2002, Title:  Reorganizing Popular Civil Society:  Popular Movements, Municipalities And The State in Post-Dictatorship Chile, 1990-2000.  Ed won a Fulbright Dissertation Grant to conduct his research in Chile. He has a tenure-track job at St Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota.

3) Vilma Fuentes, graduated, Spring, 2003,  "The Political Effects of Disaster and Foreign Aid:  National and Subnational Governance in Honduras After Hurricane Mitch." Vilma won a Dissertation Grant from the Institute for World Peace to conduct her research in Honduras. She has a tenure-track job at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. 

4) Lee W. Walker, graduated, Fall, 2003, Title:  The Democratic Arbiter: The Role of the Judiciary in the Democratic Consolidation Process in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  Lee received a tenure-track job at the University of Kentucky. For the year 2006 Lee was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard-MIT Data Lab. In January, 2007 he began as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina.  Lee is currently working at the National Science Foundation

5) Larissa Ruiz-Baia, graduated, Spring, 2004, Title:  Christianity and the Imagined Latino Self:  The Emergence of Pan-Ethnic Identity Amongst Latinos in Paterson, New Jersey.  Larissa won an SSRC Dissertation Fellowship and a  Brooklyn College Fellowship to conduct her research in New Jersey.  She has a permanent position at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

6) Javier Aguayo, graduated, Fall, 2004, Title: The Legislature Strikes Back in Peru: The Role of Congress in the Demise of Fujimori in 2000.  Javier won a Tinker Grant to conduct his research in Peru. For the academic year 2005-6 Javier was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Dickenson University. In the fall of 2006 Javier began a tenure-track job at York College in York, Pennsylvania.

7) Guillermina Seri, graduated, Spring, 2005, "Policing and Democracy: The Influence of Narratives on Police Discretion
Guillermina won a McQuown Dissertation Grant to conduct her research in Argentina." For the academic years 2005-7 Guillermina received a post-doctoral fellowship at Colgate University. In the fall of 2007 Guillermina is an associate professor of political science  at Union College, Schnectady, New York.

8) Jorge Aragon, graduated, Fall, 2006,  "Mass Support for Democratic Values: A Theoretical and Methodological Contribution." (This dissertation is about Peru.)

9) Jonathan Jones, graduated, Spring, 2009, Title  Negotiating Development:  A Study of the Grassroots Resistance to India's 2005 Special Economic Zones Act.  Jonathan won a Dissertation Grants from the National Science Foundation to conduct his field work in India.  He won a Dissertation Grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida to complete the writing of his dissertation. 

10) Jetsabe Caceres, graduated , Spring, 2010, "Social Movements in 1990s Puerto Rico:  Between Neoliberalism and United States Imperialism," Jetsabe won a Dissertation Fellowship from the Puerto Rican government to support the writing of her dissertation.  Jetsabe won a Dissertation Grant from the Government of Puerto Rico.  Jetsabe is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

11. Ingrid Erickson, graduated, December, 2011, ""Civil Society Organizations and Their Efforts to Counter the Perpetuation of Social Inequality in Brazil."  

12. Ani de la Quintana, graduated, April, 2013, "Presidential Leadership in Developing Democracy:  The Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Peru"  

13. Audrey Fleming, graduated, May, 2016, "Reel Democracy:  The Politics of Cinema in Cuba," Audrey is an assistant professor of political science at Austin College in Texas.  Audrey will receive her doctorate in May, 2016.

14. Kokila Mendis, defended, February, 2017, "A Critical Race Perspective:  The Integration Experience of  Swedish Women of Color,"

The following (ABD) students are writing a dissertation with my supervision.

1. Chesney McComber, a study of women's leadership in peasant villages in Kenya and Morocco
2. Sebastian Schlofsky, a study of the injustices of law enforcement in the United States and Brazil
3. Ashley Hudson, a study of the role of the Church in democratization in Mexico

Undergraduate Teaching:  Upper Division Courses

At the upper division level (juniors/seniors) I offer classes on Latin American politics and a course on Fascism and right-wing populism.

Latin American Politics (CPO 3303) for current syllabus click here

This class will be offered in the fall of 2012.  A tentative syllabus exists and you can access it through the link above.  In the fall of 2012 the course will spend two weeks covering general topics in Latin America and then scrutinze more closely four countries:  Mexico, Argentina, Nicaragua and Venezuela.  This is a good course to take if you are interested in taking Problems in Latin American Politics (listed next).
    The tentative syllabus attached above has approximate dates but not exact dates.  The precise dates for the exams and the small group sessions will come later as I finalize the syllabus.  The books listed here might change slightly but I intend to use most of them.  I may also add several articles to the required reading list.  The syllabus as it currently stands, last updated December, 2011, gives you a good idea of what to expect with the course.

Please note:  this class is also open to graduate students at the Masters and doctoral levels.  In addition to completing the work on the syllabus, graduate students will also be required to write a research paper on a topic of interest to you.  You can get graduate credit for this class by signing up for an independent study with me.  If you are interested in this option, please contact me.  Undergraduate students are not required to write a paper for this class.

Problems in Latin American Politics (CPO 4303 [also 4935]) for current syllabus click here

This course addresses the development of democracy in Latin America and usually covers a smaller number of countries with greater depth.  Students are asked to consider what factors enhance or inhibit the develop of democracy in the nations under study.  They learn which democratizing nations are more likely to develop consolidated democracies and which are more problematic in their democratic development. This class will be offered again in the spring of 2007. In that course we will concentrate on the study of social capital. Students intending to take this course should purchase a copy of the following three books: Alexis Tocqueville, Democracy in America, (abbreviated version), Carlos Forment, Democracy in Latin America, and Leslie Anderson/Lawrence Dodd, Learning Democracy. I will also be requiring a basic introductory book on Mexico and one on Peru. These last two books are not yet selected. In this course we will consider how social capital and associational life has developed in the United States and compare this with Latin America, focussing specifically on Mexico, Peru, and Nicaragua. Students who take this course will be required to participate actively in the classroom life of the course. Each student will make an in-class presentation from some aspect of the readings. The course will also emphasize essay exams, an optional research paper, and extensive class discussion. If you are looking for a highly intellectual, advanced undergraduate course on democratization and democratic development in Latin America, come join me this spring.

Fascism in Comparative Perspective

This is a cross-regional course focusing on Western Europe, Latin America, and the United States.  It focuses on right-wing populism, popular support for authoritarian movements, and fascism.  It considers various versions of fascism and movements within the "magnetic field" of fascism.  The course covers Nazism in Germany, Mussolini's fascism in Italy, Peronism in Argentina, and the KKK in the United States.  Some years it may also cover Franco's fascism in Spain and various fascist movements in France, including Dorgeres and the Croix de Feu.

Modern Mexico (being offered fall 2011) [current syllabus]

This is a specialized course on Mexico which concentrates primarily upon the twentieth century.  We cover the advent of the Mexican revolution and the development of the authoritarian system which evolved out of the revolution.  We then move on to study the new process of democratization currently underway in Mexico.  Students are required to read five scholarly articles and six books.  The books used for this course are as follows (updated 9/08):
Ramon Eduardo Ruiz, Triumphs and Tragedies:  A History of the Mexican People
Susan Eckstein, The Poverty of Revolution:  The State and the Urban Poor in Mexico
Beatriz Magaloni, Voting for Autocracy:  Hegemonic Party Survival and Its Demise in Mexico
John Cross, Informal Politics:  Street Vendors and the State in Mexico City
Jorge Dominguez and James McCann, Democratizing Mexico:  Public Opinion and Electoral Choices
Jonathan Fox, Accountability Politics:  Power and Voice in Rural Mexico

Argentina and the Politics of Memory 

This is a new course that has been created and will be offered in 2010.  It is open to graduate students as well as to undergraduate students.  If you are a grad student and would like to take the course, please contact me.  The course considers Argentina's recent movement from being a dictatorship to being an imperfect democracy where a regular electoral calendar exists but a single predominant party controls the presidency and Congress.  Books for this course are as follows (updated 10/09): 

1. Nicolas Shumway, The Invention of Argentina
2. J. Samuel Fitch, The Armed Forces and Democracy in Latin America
3. Alison Brysk, The Politics of Human Rights in Argentina:  Protest, Change and Democratization
4. Carlos Nino, Radical Evil on Trial
5. Javier Auyero, Routine Politics and Violence in Argentina:  The Gray Zone of State Power
6. Rebecca Bill Chavez, The Rule of Law in Nascent Democracies:  Judicial Politics in Argentina
7. Ariel Dorfman, Death and the Maiden

Central America Then and Now 

This course is currently under development.  It will cover the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Students will read approximately 6-8 books including:  
1. Beatriz Manz, Paradise in Ashes, A Guatemalan Journel of Courage, Terror and Hope
2. Elizabeth Jean Woods, El Salvador
3. Leslie Anderson and Lawrence Dodd, Learning Democracy:  Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in Nicaragua, 1990-2001
4. Carrie Manning, The Making of Democrats:  Elections and Party Development in Postwar Bosnia, El Salvador, and Mozambique
5. Leslie Anderson, Social Capital in Developing Democracies:  Nicaragua and Argentina Compared

Qualitative Methods (undergraduate level or for graduate students) for Spring 2012 syllabus click here

This is a new course which was offered for the first time in the spring semester, 2009.  It is a class on qualitative research methods.  Students will learn how to collect qualitative data.  The course will not cover computer programs used for analyzing qualitative data.  The data collection methods studied will include in-depth interviewing, participant observation and focus groups.  Books required for this course are as follows.  They are also on reserve at Library West, 24-hour/overnight reserve.

1. Uwe Flick, An Introduction to Qualitative Research, 2nd edition, New York, Sage
2. Herbert Rubin and Irene Rubin, Qualitative Interviewing:  The Art of Hearing Data, 3rd edition, New York, Sage
3. John Gerring, Case Study Research:  Principles and Practices, Cambridge University Press, 2007
4. Kristen Renwick Monroe, The Hand of Compassion
5. Leslie E. Anderson, The Political Ecology of the Modern Peasant:  Calculation and Community, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994
6. Andrea Press and Elizabeth Cole, Speaking of Abortion:  Television and Authority in the Lives of Women, University of Chicago Press, 1999
7. Anna Tsing, In the Realm of the Diamond Queen

In previous years the following two books have been required in this course.  They are not required for Spring, 2012 

Kristen Renwick Monroe, The Heart of Altruism:  Perceptions of a Common Humanity, Princeton University Press, 1996
E. Digby Baltzell, Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia

Undergraduate Teaching:  Lower Division Courses 

At the lower division level (freshmen/sophomores) I offer a class (2001) on Comparative Politics.fall 2016 syllabus click here It is an introductory course that focuses upon the relationship between historical development and current political regimes.  Countries that I cover in this class include Britain, France and Germany.. The class will also cover one or more of the following:  China, Russia, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua, South Africa. If you are a freshman or sophmore deciding whether or not to take my section of CPO 2001 here are some things for you to think about. If you look elsewhere on this web page you will see that I have a research interest in the development of democracy and that I spend a lot of time working with doctoral students (students who are working on getting their PhD.). Both of these two emphases are reflected in my sections of CPO 2001. My sections of the course have two agendae: 1) they will introduce you to the basics of politics in the nations we study and 2) they will also help you understand how those nations became democracies or why they failed to be democracies. My sections of 2001 also reflect my frequent work with PhD students. Undergraduate students who have taken CPO 2001 with me tell me that they think my section of 2001 is a highly intellectual, very demanding, with difficult exams and with a scholary focus because I am a professor who also works with a lot of doctoral students. In addition to studying specific countries, we will examine broad theories about democratic development, including Robert Dahl's Polyarchy and Anthony Downs' A Theory of Economic Democracy. If this is what you are looking for in a lower division class, then come and join me the next time I teach CPO 2001. You will be very welcome.