November 15, 2019

Curriculum Vita

JAMES MAHONEY
Departments of Political Science and Sociology
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208-1006
[email protected]

Professional Appointments
Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University (2010-present).
Gerald F. and Marjorie G. Fitzgerald Professor of Economic History, Northwestern University
(2009-present).
Associate (2005-7) to Full Professor (2007-present), Departments of Political Science (75%)
and Sociology (25%), Northwestern University.
Assistant (1997-2003) to Associate Professor (2003-5), Department of Sociology, Brown
University.

Education
University of California, Berkeley, Department of Political Science. M.A. 1991; Ph.D. 1997.
University of Minnesota, Department of Political Science (Minor in History). B.A. 1990,
Summa cum Laude.

Major Awards and Grants
David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award, Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method
Research, American Political Science Association, September 2010.
Alexander L. George Award, Qualitative Methods Section, American Political Science
Association (best article developing or using qualitative methods published in 2008).
Received for “Toward a Unified Theory of Causality,” September 2009.
Research Grant (approximately $510,000), National Science Foundation. “Colonialism and
Its Legacies: A Comprehensive Historical Dataset” (co-PI with John Gerring). April
2007-March 2011.
Career Award Grant ($292,750), National Science Foundation. “Long-Run Development
and the Legacy of Spanish Colonialism in Latin America,” April 2001 – April 2006.
Alexander L. George Award, Qualitative Methods Section, American Political Science
Association (best article developing or using qualitative methods published in 2004).
Received for “The Possibility Principle: Choosing Negative Cases in Qualitative
Research” (with Gary Goertz), September 2005.
Giovanni Sartori Book Award, Qualitative Methods Section, American Political Science
Association (best book developing or using qualitative methods published in 2003).
Received for Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (co-edited with
Dietrich Rueschemeyer), September 2004.
Barrington Moore Jr. Prize, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, American
Sociological Association (best book in comparative-historical sociology published in
2000 or 2001). Received for The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political

Regimes in Central America, August 2002.
Best Book: Runner-Up, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science
Association. Received for The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political
Regimes in Central America, September 2003.
Gabriel Almond Dissertation Award (best dissertation in comparative politics), American
Political Science Association, 1998.

Other Significant Honors and Grants
Elected Chair of the Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, American Sociological
Association. Chair-elect 2009-10; Chair 2010-11.
Supplementary Research Grant ($30,000), National Science Foundation. “Colonialism and
Its Legacies: A Comprehensive Historical Dataset.” April 2010-2011.
Elected President of Organized Section for Qualitative Methods, American Political Science
Association, 2005-07.
Elected to Council of Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American
Sociological Association, 2004-06.
Selected for Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences,
Stanford, CA.
“Outstanding Academic Title” acknowledgement from Choice Magazine. Received for The
Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America,
September 2003.
Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship (distinguished teaching award), Brown University, April
2001.
Junior Faculty Research Award, Hewlett Foundation, Center for Latin American Studies,
Brown University ($4,800), January 2001.
Appointed to Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of Sociology, Brown Univeristy, May
2001.
Research grants (with Dietrich Rueschemeyer) from the Watson Institute for International
Studies ($8,000), the Francis Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning ($5,000), and the
Lectureships Committee ($3,000) of Brown University to sponsor Conference on
Comparative-Historical Analysis, April 2000.
Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award, Brown University ($11,000), 1999.
J. William Fulbright Scholarship, Institute of International Education, 1994-1995.
Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley, 1992.
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley,
Department of Political Science, 1992.
Henry Robert Braden Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1990-1991.
Selmer Birkelo Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 1989.
Robert and Sophia Whiteside Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1986-1990.

Book Publications
James Mahoney, Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in
Comparative Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
James Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen, eds., Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity,
Agency, and Power (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, eds., Comparative Historical Analysis in the
Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
James Mahoney, The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in
Central America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).

Article Publications (* = peer-reviewed journal article)
*James Mahoney, “After KKV: The New Methodology of Qualitative Research,” World
Politics 62:1 (January 2010), pp. 120-147.
James Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen, “A Gradual Theory of Institutional Change,” in James
Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen, eds., Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity,
Agency, and Power (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
James Mahoney and P. Larkin Terrie, “The Proper Relationship of Comparative-Historical
Analysis to Statistical Analysis: Subordination, Integration, or Separation?” in David
Byrne and Charles C. Ragin, eds., The Sage Handbook of Case-Based Methods
(Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2009), pp. 410-423.
Gary Goertz and James Mahoney, “Scope in Case-Study Research,” in David Byrne and
Charles C. Ragin, eds., The Sage Handbook of Case-Based Methods (Thousand Oaks:
Sage, 2009), pp. 307-317.
*James Mahoney, Erin Kimball, and Kendra Koivu, “The Logic of Historical Explanation in
the Social Sciences,” Comparative Political Studies 42:1 (January 2009), pp. 114-146.
James Mahoney and P. Larkin Terrie, “Comparative-Historical Analysis in Contemporary
Political Science,” in Henry Brady, Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, and David Collier, eds.,
Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).
*James Mahoney, “Toward a Unified Theory of Causality,” Comparative Political Studies
41:4/5 (April/May 2008): 412-436.
James Mahoney, “The Elaboration Model and Necessary Causes,” in Gary Goertz and Jack
Levy, eds., Explaining War and Peace: Case Studies and Necessary Condition
Counterfactuals (London: Routledge, 2007), pp. 281-306.
*James Mahoney, “Qualitative Methods and Comparative Politics,” Comparative Political
Studies 40:2 (February 2007): 122-144.
James Mahoney and Celso M. Villegas, “Historical Enquiry and Comparative Politics,” in
Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes, eds., Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
James Mahoney, “Debating the State of Comparative Politics: Views from Qualitative
Research.” Comparative Political Studies 40:1 (January 2007): 32-38.
James Mahoney, “On the Second Wave of Historical Sociology, 1970s-Present,”
International Journal of Comparative Sociology 47:5 (2006): 371-377.

*James Mahoney and Gary Goertz, “A Tale of Two Cultures: Contrasting Quantitative and
Qualitative Research,” Political Analysis 14:3 (Summer 2006): 227-249.
*Matthew Lange, James Mahoney, and Matthias vom Hau, “Colonialism and Development:
A Comparative Analysis of Spanish and British Colonies,” American Journal of
Sociology 111:5 (March 2006): 1412-1462.
James Mahoney and Daniel Schensul, “Historical Context and Path Dependence,” in Robert
E. Goodin and Charles Tilly, eds., Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
James Mahoney, “Analyzing Path Dependence: Lessons from the Social Sciences,” in
Andreas Wimmer and Reinhart Kössler, eds., Understanding Change: Models,
Methodologies, and Metaphors (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
James Mahoney, “Combining Institutionalisms: Liberal Reform and Critical Junctures in
Central America,” in Ira Katznelson and Barry Weingast, eds., Preferences and
Situations: Points of Intersection Between Historical and Rational Choice
Institutionalism (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2005).
*Kirk Bowman, Fabrice Lehoucq, and James Mahoney, “Measuring Political Democracy:
Case Expertise, Data Adequacy, and Central America,” Comparative Political Studies
38:8 (October 2005): 939-970.
*Gary Goertz and James Mahoney, “Two-Level Theories and Fuzzy-Set Analysis,”
Sociological Methods and Research 33:4 (May 2005), pp. 497-538.
*Aaron Katz, Matthias vom Hau, and James Mahoney, “Explaining the Great Reversal in
Spanish America: Fuzzy-Set Analysis Versus Statistical Analysis,” Sociological Methods
and Research 33:4 (May 2005), pp. 539-573.
James Mahoney and Matthias vom Hau, “Colonial States and Economic Development in
Spanish America,” in Matthew Lange and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, eds., States and
Development: Historical Antecedent of Stagnation and Advance (New York: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2005), pp. 92-116.
*James Mahoney, “Revisiting General Theory in Historical Sociology,” Social Forces 83:3
(December 2004), pp. 459-490.
*James Mahoney and Gary Goertz, “The Possibility Principle: Choosing Negative Cases in
Qualitative Research,” American Political Science Review 98:4 (November 2004), pp.
653-670.
James Mahoney, “Comparative-Historical Methodology,” Annual Review of Sociology, vol.
30, edited by Karen S. Cook and John Hagan (2004), pp. 81-101.
James Mahoney, “Jack Goldstone,” in George Ritzer, ed., Encyclopedia of Social Theory
(New York: Sage Publications, 2004), pp. 339-341
David Collier, James Mahoney, and Jason Seawright, “Claiming Too Much: Warnings about
Selection Bias,” in Henry E. Brady and David Collier, eds., Rethinking Social Inquiry:
Diverse Tools, Shared Standards (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), pp. 85-102.
James Mahoney, “Structured, Focused Comparison, ” in Michael Lewis-Beck, Alan E.
Bryman, Tim Futing Liao, eds., Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods (New
York: Sage, 2003).
*James Mahoney, “Long-Run Development and the Legacy of Colonialism in Spanish
America.” American Journal of Sociology 109:1 (2003), pp. 51-106.
James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, “Comparative Historical Analysis:
Achievements and Agendas,” in James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, eds.,

Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2003), pp. 3-38.
James Mahoney, “Knowledge Accumulation in Comparative Historical Analysis: The Case
of Democracy and Authoritarianism,” in James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer,
eds., Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2003), pp. 131-174.
*James Mahoney, “Path-Dependent Explanations of Regime Change: Central America in
Comparative Perspective,” Studies in Comparative International Development, 36:1
(Spring 2001), pp. 111-141. Published in Spain as: “Los patones de dependencia en los
cambios de regimen: América Central en perspectiva comparada.” Araucaria 4:7 (2002),
pp. 133-166.
James Mahoney, “Beyond Correlational Analysis: Recent Innovations in Theory and
Method,” Sociological Forum 16:3 (2001), pp. 575-593.
*James Mahoney, “Radical, Reformist, and Aborted Liberalism: Origins of National
Regimes in Central America,” Journal of Latin American Studies 33:2 (May 2001), pp.
221-256.
James Mahoney and Richard Snyder, “Integrative Strategies for the Study of Regime
Change,” in Stein Larsen, ed., The Challenges of Theories on Democracy: Elaborations
over New Trends in Transitology (Boulder, CO: Social Science Monograph Series,
2000), pp. 180-207.
James Mahoney, “Rational Choice Theory and the Comparative Method: An Emerging
Synthesis?” Studies in Comparative International Development 35:2 (Summer 2000), pp.
83-94.
*James Mahoney, “Path Dependence in Historical Sociology,” Theory and Society 29:4
(August 2000), pp. 507-548.
*James Mahoney, “Strategies of Causal Inference in Small-N Analysis,” Sociological
Methods and Research 28: 4 (May 2000), pp. 387-424.
Dietrich Rueschemeyer and James Mahoney, “A Neo-Utilitarian Theory of Class?”
American Journal of Sociology 105: 6 (May 2000), pp. 1583-1591.
*James Mahoney and Michael Ellsberg, “Goldhagen’s Hitler’s Willing Executioners: A
Clarification and Methodological Critique,” Journal of Historical Sociology 12: 4
(December 1999), pp. 422-436.
*James Mahoney and Richard Snyder, “Rethinking Agency and Structure in the Study of
Regime Change,” Studies in Comparative International Development 34: 2 (Summer
1999), pp. 3-32.
*Richard Snyder and James Mahoney, “The Missing Variable: Institutions and the Study of
Regime Change,” Comparative Politics 32:1 (October 1999), pp. 103-122.
*James Mahoney, “Nominal, Ordinal, and Narrative Appraisal in Macrocausal Analysis,”
American Journal of Sociology 104:4 (January 1999), pp. 1154-1196.
*Ruth Berins Collier and James Mahoney, “Adding Collective Actors to Collective
Outcomes: Labor and Recent Democratization in South America and Southern Europe,”
Comparative Politics 29:3 (April 1997), pp. 285-303. Reprinted in Lisa Anderson, ed.,
Transitions to Democracy (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999).
*David Collier and James Mahoney, “Insights and Pitfalls: Selection Bias in Qualitative
Research,” World Politics 49 (October 1996), pp. 56-91.

Book Reviews
Jared Diamond and James A. Robinson, Natural Experiments of History. Science vol. 32, no.
5973 (March 26, 2010), pp. 1578-79.
Consuelo Cruz, Political Culture and Institutional Development in Costa Rica and Nicaragua:
World Making in the Tropics. Journal of Latin American Studies, 38:4 (November
2006), pp. 869-870.
Fabrice E. Lehoucq and Iván Molina, Stuffing the Ballot Box: Fraud Electoral Reform, and
Democratization in Costa Rica. Mesoamérica 48 (January-December 2006), pp. 193-
195.
Madrid, Raúl L. Retiring the State: The Politics of Pension Privatization in Latin America
and Beyond. American Journal of Sociology, 110:5 (March 2005), pp. 1539-1541.
Hite, Katherine, and Paola Cesarini, eds. Authoritarian Legacies and Democracy in Latin
America and Southern Europe. Perspectives on Politics 2:4 (December 2004), pp. 870-
871.
Bowman, Kirk A. Militarization, Democracy, and Development: The Perils of Praetorianism
in Latin America. American Journal of Sociology 109:6 (May 2004), pp. 1525-1527.
Gary Goertz and Harvey Starr, eds., Necessary Conditions: Theory, Methodology, and
Applications. Journal of Politics 66:2 (May 2004), pp.658-660.
Bertrand M. Roehner and Tony Syme, Pattern and Repertoire in History. American Political
Science Review 1:4 (December 2003), pp. 821-822.
John K. Glenn III, Framing Democracy: Civil Society and Civic Movements in Eastern
Europe. American Journal of Sociology 108:1 (July 2002), pp. 223-225.
Carlos Fuentes, A New Time for Mexico. Journal of Developing Societies 2 (AugustSeptember 2002).
Henry Veltmeyer and James Petras, The Dynamics of Social Chance in Latin America.
Contemporary Sociology 30:6 (November 2001), pp. 615-616.
Todd Landman, Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction. Acta Politica
vol. 35 (Winter 2000), pp. 462-464.
Rosemary L. Hopcroft, Regions, Institutions, and Agrarian Change in European History.
American Journal of Sociology, 106:3 (November 2000): 830-832.
Gerardo Otero, Farewell to the Peasantry? Political Class Formation in Rural Mexico.
Contemporary Sociology 29:3 (May 2000), pp. 536-537.
Tatu Vanhanen, Prospects of Democracy: A Study of 172 Countries. Contemporary
Sociology 28:2 (March 1999), pp. 211-212.
Sarah Radcliffe and Sallie Westwood, Remaking the Nation: Place, Identity, and Politics in
Latin America. Contemporary Sociology 27:5 (September 1998), pp. 522-523.
Forrest D. Colburn, The Vogue of Revolution in Poor Countries. Journal of Developing
Areas 31: 1 (Fall 1996), pp. 107-108.

Other Publications
“Hume’s Two Definitions of Cause” (with Gary Goertz). Qualitative and Multi-Method
Research 8:1 (Spring 2010): 24-27.
“What are the Causes of Consequences of the Recent Rapid Economic Growth in India and
China?” APSA-CP Newsletter 19:1 (Winter 2008), pp. 9-10.
“Particularizing Case Studies.” Qualitative Methods 5:2 (Fall 2007), pp. 6-8.

“Letter from the President.” Qualitative Methods 5:1 (Spring 2007), pp. 1-2.
“Letter from the President.” Qualitative Methods 3:2 (Fall 2005), pp. 1-2.
“Clarifying Comparative-Historical Methodology.” Qualitative Methods 3:1 (Spring 2005),
pp. 19-22.
“Ontological and Epistemological Debates in Historical Sociology.” Social Forces, EPublications, Rejoinder (February 2005). <http://socialforces.unc.edu/>. This piece is
reply to critiques of my work on general theory in historical sociology.
“Introduction: A Note on Terminology,” and “Reflections on fs/QCA.” Qualitative Methods
2:2 (Fall 2004), 2; 17-21.
“What Courses on Qualitative Methods Should be Offered in Political Science Graduate
Programs?” Qualitative Methods 1:1 (Spring 2003), pp. 15-18.
“Contingency, Determinism, and Counterfactual Reasoning.” Inter-University Faculty
Consortium on Faculty Research Methods (CQRM), listserv roundtable, May 23, 2001.
Comment on articles written by Richard Ned Lebow and Paul W. Schroeder.
“Further Reflections on Causal Inference in Small-N Analysis.” CQRM, listserv roundtable,
March 28, 2001. My methodological writings were the subject of a roundtable discussion
that included commentaries by Jack A. Goldstone, Gerardo L. Munck, Charles Tilly,
David Waldner, and Kurt Weyland. This piece was my response to these commentaries.
“Knowledge Accumulation in Comparative-Historical Analysis: The Case of Democracy and
Authoritarianism.” WEPS Newsletter, December 2000.

Invited Lectures
Sciences Po, Paris, France, 2010 Political Economy Summer School. Keynote Speech,
“Explaining Institutional Change in the Current Crisis.” June 11, 2010.
University of Minnesota, Department of Political Science. “The Logic of Historical
Explanation.” March 11, 2010
Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar in Comparative-Historical Analysis. “After KKV: The New
Methodology of Qualitative Research.” October 9, 2009.
World Social Science Forum, Bergen, Norway. “Critical Junctures and the Enduring Legacy
of Stein Rokkan.” May 10, 2009.
Western Ontario University, Department of Sociology. “The Logical Foundations of
Historical Explanation.” April 17, 2009.
Princeton University, Institute for International and Regional Studies. “Colonialism and
Development in Spanish America.” April 9, 2008.
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Sociology, “The Logic of Historical
Explanation.” January 31, 2008.
University of Washington, Seattle, Department of Sociology, “The Logic of Historical
Explanation.” November 20, 2007.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Department of Sociology. “The Logic of
Comparative-Historical Analysis.” April 18, 2007.
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Political Science. “Colonialism and
Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective.” March 23, 2007.
Free University, Berlin, Germany. Keynote Address for Workshop on Organizing Paths –
Paths of Organizing. “Path Dependence and the Study of Causal Complexity.”
Scheduled for November 3, 2006.

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Political Science. “Colonialism and
Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective.” September 22, 2006.
University of Chicago, Department of Political Science. “A Tale of Two Cultures:
Contrasting Quantitative and Qualitative Research.” April 5, 2006.
Toronto University, Department of Political Science. “A Tale of Two Cultures: Contrasting
Quantitative and Qualitative Research.” February 17, 2006.
Emory University, Department of Political Science. “The Distinctive Contributions of
Qualitative Methodology.” March 31, 2005.
University of Florida, Latin American Studies Center. “Colonialism and Development in the
Non-European World.” March 10, 2005.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. COMPASSS seminar and lecture. “Causal
Mechanisms in Social Science Research” and “Comparative-Historical Methods: A State
of the Art.” November 25-26, 2004.
Princeton University, Department of Sociology. “Authors Meet Critics: Mahoney and
Rueschemeyer’s Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences.” March 31,
2003.
New York University, Department of Sociology. “Long-Run Development and the Legacy
of Colonialism in Spanish America.” November 22, 2002.
University of Virginia, Faculty/graduate student seminar. “Path Dependence, Historical
Lock-In, and the Legacies of Colonialism in Spanish America..” March 29, 2002.
Harvard University, Center for Latin American Studies. “Path Dependence, Historical
Lock-In, and the Legacies of Colonialism in Spanish America.” February 26, 2002.
Cornell University, Department of Sociology. “Path Dependence, Historical Lock-In, and
the Legacies of Colonialism in Spanish America.” February 22, 2002.
University of Arizona State. Instructor at Interuniversity Consortium of Qualitative Research
Methods (CQRM); compensated. “Comparative-Historical Analysis” and “Temporal
Analysis.” January 3-5, 2002.
Northwestern University, Department of Sociology. “Path Dependence, Historical Lock-In,
and the Legacies of Colonialism in Spanish America.” November 8, 2001.
Harvard University, Working Group on Historical Institutionalism. “Long-Run
Development and the Legacy of Colonialism in Spanish America.” October 29, 2001.
Wesleyan University, Center for Latin American Studies. “Democratization in Central
America: A Comparative-Historical Perspective.” March 2, 2001.
Columbia University, Workshop on Historical Institutionalism. “Path Dependence and
Comparative-Historical Analysis.” November 18, 1999.
Harvard University, Workshop on Historical Institutionalism, Seminar on States and
Capitalism since 1800. Invited Discussant (compensated). October 15, 1999.
University of California, Berkeley, Comparative Methods Working Group. “Nominal,
Ordinal, and Narrative Analysis in Comparative-Historical Research.” September 1998.

Other Invited Professional Events
Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Syracuse University, June 17-19, 2010.
Political Economy Summer School, Sciences Po, Paris, France, June 10-12, 2010.
Workshop on Institutional Change, Max Planck Institute, Cologne, Germany, March 5-6,
2010.

Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Syracuse University, Workshop on
“Constructing a Qualitative Data Repository,” March 28-29, 2009.
Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex, two-week
course on “Methods of Comparative Research,” August 4-August 15, 2008.
Society for Comparative Research, Graduate Student Retreat 2008, Harvard University,
Center for European Studies. May 24-25, 2008.
Arizona State University Institute on Qualitative Research Methods. Topics have included:
comparative-historical analysis, sequence analysis, case selection, and historical
narrative. Annually in January 2002-2008.
University of Washington. “Colonialism and Development: Spanish America in
Comparative Perspective.” November 26-27, 2007. A mini-conference focused on my
book manuscript.
Northwestern University. “Historical Institutionalism and Change.” October 26-27, 2007. A
workshop co-hosted with Kathleen Thelen.
Cornell University. “Colonial Legacies: A Database Project.” September 21-22, 2007. A
workshop co-hosted with John Gerring.
“Colonialism and Development.” Midwest Regional Workshop on Latin America, Political
Science Program, Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame. May 15, 2007.
“Causality in Comparative Research.” Conference for Special Issue of Comparative
Political Studies, Duke University. April 27-28, 2007.
“What is Methodological Pluralism in Political Science?” University of Florida, Department
of Political Science. March 11-12, 2005.
“The Scientific Foundations of Qualitative Research.” National Science Foundation,
Washington, D.C. July 11-12, 2003.
“Politics in Time.” Paul Pierson book manuscript working group. Harvard University,
Center for European Studies. November 1-2, 2002.
“Combining Institutionalisms: Liberal Reform and Critical Junctures in Central America.”
Workshop on Rational Choice and Historical Institutionalism, Russell Sage Foundation.
April 12-13, 2002.
Co-organizer (with Dietrich Rueschemeyer), “Comparative-Historical Analysis: A
Workshop.” April 28-29, 2000.
Co-organizer (with Paul Pierson and Dietrich Rueschemeyer), “Comparative-Historical
Analysis in the Social Sciences,” Harvard University. November 10-11, 2000.
“Comparative History and the Study of Regime Change in Latin America,” Workshop on
Regimes and Political Change in Latin America, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Illini Union. August 1999.
Workshop on Comparative Case Study Methods. Harvard University. October 1997.
Participant in the Southern California Workshop on Political and Economic Liberalization.
University of Southern California. October-May 1993.

Conference Participation
Featured Panel Guest. “Author Meets Critics: James Mahoney’s Colonialism and
Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective.” Latin
American Studies Association Meetings, Toronto, CA, October 7.
“Conceptualizing and Explaining Gradual versus Punctuated Change.” American Political

Science Association Meetings, Washtington, DC, September, 4, 2010.
Discussant. “Roundtable on Qualitative Research in Scientific Inference.” .” American
Political Science Association Meetings, Washtington, DC, September 2, 2010.
“Two Approaches to Concepts and Measurement in the Social Sciences.” American
Sociological Association Meetings, Atlanta, GA, August 14, 2010.
“Comparative-Historical Analysis: Generalizing Past the Past,” Miniconference on “Past and
Present,” Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, American Sociological
Association, Berkeley, CA, August 12, 2009.
“After KKV: The New Methodology of Qualitative Research,” International Political
Science Association Meetings, Santiago, Chile, July 11-14, 2009.
Chair and Discussant. “New Developments in Qualitative Comparative Methods,”
American Political Science Association Meetings, Boston, MA, August 28-31, 2008.
“Colonialism and Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective,” Max Planck
Summer Conference on Economy and Society, Chicago, IL, July 16-19, 2008.
“The Causal Logic of Historical Explanation,” American Political Science Association
Meetings, Chicago, IL, August 29-31, 2007.
“Methods of Case Study Research,” American Political Science Association Meetings,
Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3, 2006.
Chair. “Temporal Analyses in Comparative Politics.” American Political Science
Association Meetings, Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3, 2006.
“Qualitative Methods in Comparative Politics,” American Political Science Association
Meetings, Washington, D.C., September 1-4, 2005.
Discussant. “Author Meets Critics Roundtable: Pierson’s Politics in Time.” American
Political Science Association Meetings, Washington, D.C., September 1-4, 2005.
Discussant. “Author Meets Critics Roundtable: Adams, Clemens, and Orloff’s Remaking
Modernity.” American Sociological Association Meetings, Philadelphia, August 13-16,
2005.
Chair and Discussant. “States, Critical Turning Points, and World History.” American
Sociological Association Meetings, San Francisco, August 14-17, 2004.
Chair. “Author Meets Critics Roundtable: Mathieu Deflem’s Policing World Society.”
American Sociological Association Meetings, San Francisco, August 14-17, 2004.
“The New Democracy in Korea.” Brown University, February 13-14, 2004.
“What Courses Should be Taught on Qualitative Methods.” American Political Science
Association Meetings, Philadelphia, August 29-September 1, 2003.
“Tentative Answers to Questions about Causal Mechanisms.” American Political Science
Association Meetings, Philadelphia, August 29-September 1, 2003.
“Indigneous People and Social Development in Latin America.” American Sociological
Association Meetings, Atlanta, August 16-19, 2003.
Featured Panel Guest. “Author Meets Critics: James Mahoney’s The Legacies of Liberalism:
Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America.” Eastern Sociological
Society, February 28, 2003.
“Revisiting General Theory in Historical Sociology: Functionalist, Rational Choice, and
Power Theories.” American Sociological Association Meetings, Chicago, August 16-19,
2002.
“Causal Mechanisms, Correlations, and Power Theory of Society.” American Political
Science Association Meetings, Boston, August 29-September 1, 2002.

“Authors Meet Critics: McAdam, Tarrow, and Tilly on Contentious Politics.” Panel Chair
and Organizer. American Political Science Association Meetings, Boston, August 29-
September 1, 2002.
“Presidential Roundtable on Theories of Institutional Change.” Annual Meetings of the
Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, University of Minnesota, June 28,
2002.
“Path-Dependent Explanations of Regime Change.” American Political Science Association
Meetings, San Francisco, August 30-September 2, 2001.
“Knowledge Accumulation in Comparative-Historical Analysis: The Case of Democracy
and Authoritarianism.” American Political Science Association Meetings, San Francisco,
August 30-September 2, 2001.
“Cross-Cultural and Comparative Sociology.” Panel Chair and Organizer, American
Sociological Association Meetings, Anaheim, California, August 18-21, 2001.
“Concepts and Categories in the Study of Political and Economic Reform.” Invited
Discussant, Conference on Bringing the Middle East Back In, Brown University, May
2001.
“Raising the Standard: New Guidelines for Designing Social Inquiry.” Paper presented at
conference to honor Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Washington, D.C., August 11, 2000.
“Comparative-Historical Analysis: Innovations in Theory and Method.” Panel Chair,
American Political Science Meetings, Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3, 2000.
“Cross-Cultural Comparative Sociology.” Panel Discussant, American Sociological
Association Meetings, Washington, D.C., August 12-16, 2000.
“Path Dependence and Social Explanation,” Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the
American Sociological Association, Chicago, August 6-10 1999. Also delivered at the
Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, September 2-6.
“Nominal, Ordinal, and Narrative Appraisal in Macro-Causal Analysis: The Case of Theda
Skocpol,” Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological
Association, San Francisco, 1998.
“Authoritarian Liberalism: The Problem of Democracy in Central America,” Paper
presented at the Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago,
1998.
“Comparative History and the Study of Regime Change in Latin America,” Paper delivered
at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, 1998.
“Bringing the Old Regime Back In: New Institutional Perspectives on Political Regime
Change” (with Richard Snyder). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American
Political Science Association, August 28-31, 1997.
“Radical, Reformist, or Aborted Liberalism: Origins of National Regimes in Central
America.” Paper Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science
Association, San Francisco, California, March 1996.
“Rethinking Agency and Structure” (with Richard Snyder). Paper Delivered at the Annual
Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., September
1993.
“United States Foreign Policy Decision Making Concerning Central America: A Script
Based Model” (with Brian Job and Eric Selbin). Paper Delivered at the Annual Meeting
of the International Studies Association, Washington, D.C., April 1990.

University Service (at Northwestern University)
Associate Chair, Department of Political Science. 2010-present.
Field Chair, Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science. 2005-present.
University Research Grant Committee. 2007-10.
Chair, Comparative Politics Search Committee, Department of Political Science. 2005, 2006,
2008, 2010.
Director, Graduate Program in Comparative-Historical Social Science. 2006-07; 2008-09.
Undergraduate Committee, Department of Sociology. 2008-10.
Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Sociology. 2006-07.
Chair, Committee on Colloquia, Department of Sociology. 2005-06.
Various Ad Hoc Committees, 2005-present.

University Service (at Brown University)
Undergraduate Concentration Advisor, Department of Sociology. 2001-2005.
Dean of the College Advisory Board, Office of the Dean of the College. 2004-2005.
Executive Committee, Center for Latin American Studies. 2001-2005.
Task Force on Graduate Student Employees, Graduate School. 2003-2004.
Manager of the Luncheon Colloquium on Comparative Development. Sponsored by the
Watson Institute of International Studies. 1999-2004.
Academic Advisor for Freshmen and Sophomores. 1999-2004.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Committee (East Asia Search x2), Watson Institute for
International Studies. May 2002.
Carnegie Selection Committee. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows
Program, Career Services. December 2001.
Admissions Committee for Graduate Program in Development Studies. January 2001.
Selection Committee for Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Latin American Development.
Watson Institute for International Studies. February 2000.
Carnegie Selection Committee. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows
Program, Career Services. December 1999.
Selection Committee for Dissertation Fellowships and Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards.
Watson Institute for International Studies. March 1999.
Academic Advisor for Freshmen. 1998-1999.
Co-Manager (with Dietrich Rueschemeyer) of the Luncheon Colloquium on Comparative
Development. Sponsored by the Watson Institute of International Studies. 1998-1999.
Carnegie Selection Committee. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows
Program, Career Services. November-December 1998.
Member of Undergraduate Advisory Committee, Department of Sociology. 1997-2000.

Teaching
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative development, qualitative
methods, and sociological theory. Summaries of Northwestern teaching evaluations are
available upon request. Summary statistics for my undergraduate teaching evaluations from
Brown University are available on the internet:
<http://www.brown.edu/Students/Critical_Review/>.

Other Professional Activity
Chair, Nominations Committee, Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research,
American Political Science Association.
Chair, Council for European Studies Book Award Committee, 2010.
Member, Bryce Wood Book Award Committee, Latin American Studies Association, 2010.
International Committee Board, Revista de Historia (Costa Rica), 2010-present.
Chair, Mark Parker Follett Award Committee, Politics and History Section, American
Political Science Association, 2008-09.
Board Member, Society for Comparative Research, 2008-10.
President, Section on Qualitative Methodology, American Political Science Association,
2005-07.
Council Member, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American Sociological
Association, 2004-07.
APSA Program Officer, Section on Politics and History, American Political Science
Association, 2007.
Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2005-07.
Editorial Board, Committee on Concepts and Methods, International Political Science
Association, 2005-07.
Chair, Barrington Moore Prize Committee, Section on Comparative and Historical
Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2007.
Chair, Gregory M. Luebbert Prize Committee, Comparative Politics Section, American
Political Science Association, 2006.
Barrington Moore Prize Committee, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology,
American Sociological Association, 2006.
President-Elect, Section on Qualitative Methodology, American Political Science
Association, 2004-05.
APSA Program Officer, Section on Qualitative Methodology, American Political Science
Association, 2004.
Nominations Committee, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American
Sociological Association, 2004-05.
Chair, Barrington Moore Prize Committee, Section on Comparative and Historical
Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2003.
Selection Committee for Best Article Award, Section on Political Sociology, American
Sociological Association, 2002.
Chair, Reinhard Bendix Prize Committee, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology,
American Sociological Association, 2001.
Member of American Sociological Association, American Political Science Association,
Latin American Studies Association, and Social Science History Association.
Reviewer of articles, proposals, and book manuscripts at Cambridge University Press; Johns
Hopkins University Press; University of Chicago Press; University of Notre Dame Press;
Princeton University Press; Routledge Press; Sage Press; Stanford University Press;
National Science Foundation; American Journal of Sociology; American Political
Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; Journal of Public Policy;
American Sociological Review; Comparative Politics; Comparative Political
Development; Erkenntnis; Hispanic American Historical Review; European Political

Science Review; International Sociology; Journal of Institutional Economics; Journal of
Peace Research; Journal of Politics; Journal of Theoretical Politics; Latin American
Politics and Society; Political Research Quarterly; PS: Political Science & Politics;
Rationality and Society; Revisita de Ciencia Política, Social Forces; Social Problems;
Social Science History; Sociological Forum; Sociological Methods and Research;
Sociological Quarterly; Sociological Theory; Studies in Comparative International
Development; Theory and Society; and World Politics.