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James Mahoney

Gordon Fulcher Professor in Decision-Making (Also Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

B.A.: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1990; Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley, 1997
Curriculum Vitae

Interests

Research Interest(s): Comparative-Historical Analysis; Development; Qualitative Methods

Program Area(s): Comparative Politics; Methods

Regional Specialization(s): Latin America

Department Strength(s): Experimental Methods; Comparative Historical Analysis

Biography

James Mahoney is Gordon Fulcher Professor of Decision-Making, Professor of Political Science and Director of Sociology. He is a comparative-historical researcher with interests in national development, political regimes, and methodology. He is the author of the prize-winning books, Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). His other books include Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (coedited with Dietrich Rueschemeyer; Cambridge University Press, 2003), Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (coedited with Kathleen Thelen; Cambridge University Press, 2010), and A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Science (with Gary Goertz; Princeton University Press, 2012).  Mahoney has been President or Chair of four different Organized Sections of American Political Science Association and the American Sociological Association.  His current book project is Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis (coedited with Kathleen Thelen).

Books  

  • Gary Goertz and James Mahoney, A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012).
  • 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 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, eds., Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
  • James Mahoney, The Legacies of Liberalism:  Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).

Select Publications

  • James Mahoney and Rachel Sweet Vanderpoel, “Set Diagrams and Qualitative Research,” Comparative Political Studies, forthcoming.
  • James Mahoney, “The Logic of Process Tracing Tests in the Social Sciences,” Sociological Methods and Research, 41:4 (November 2012), 566-590.
  • James Mahoney, “After KKV: The New Methodology of Qualitative Research,” World Politics 62:1 (January 2010), pp. 120-147.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Courses taught

  • 101: Why Are Some Countries Richer Than Others?
  • 311: Methods of Political Inference
  • 390:  Global Development
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