Bonnie M. Meguid
Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD, Harvard, 2002. Comparative politics, political parties, political institutions, elite and mass political behavior, elections in comparative perspective, and European politics. Current research explores the origins of compulsory voting laws, the strategic use of political decentralization, and the effects of decentralization on party fortunes and voter behavior. Her book, Party Competition Between Unequals (Cambridge University Press, 2008), examines how mainstream party behavior shapes the electoral trajectories of niche parties (e.g., green, radical right, and ethnoterritorial parties). The book received the 2009 Riker Prize, awarded by the Political Economy Section of the APSA; the 2009 Best Book Award by the European Politics and Society Section of the APSA; and the 2010 Council for European Studies Best Book Award. She has published articles in The American Political Science Review and Electoral Studies. Teaches courses on comparative politics, political parties, elections, ethnicity and nationalism, and Western European politics.