Department of Political Science

Political Science
1414 Social Sciences Building
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Minneapolis, MN 55455

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David Samuels
Social Sciences 1373


David Samuels received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1998. His research and teaching interests include Brazilian and Latin American politics, US-Latin American relations, and the empirical implications of democratic theory in comparative politics.

He is the author of Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers (with Matthew Shugart), forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and the co-editor of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004).  His introductory undergraduate comparative politics textbook, Comparative Politics: A Thematic Introduction, as well as a country-casebook Case Studies in Comparative Politics, are forthcoming from Pearson/Longman Publishers in 2010.

Professor Samuels has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and the British Journal of Political Science, among others. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation (in 1996 and 1999) and the McKnight Foundation (in 2001), and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004. Currently he serves on the editorial board of Comparative Political Studies .

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