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James W. McGuire

Professor of Government

Public Affairs Center, 219

Chair, Government

Professor, Latin American Studies



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BA Swarthmore College
MA University of California, Berkeley
PHD University of California, Berkeley

James W. McGuire

James W. McGuire specializes in comparative politics, focusing on democracy, social welfare policies, and public health in Latin America and East Asia. He is a recipient of Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

McGuire is the author of Peronism without Perón (Stanford, 1997) and of articles and chapters on Argentine politics and labor unions; Latin American social policies; transitions from authoritarianism; and economic growth, income inequality, and mortality decline, particularly in East Asia and Latin America. His book Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America (Cambridge, 2010) explores why some countries do better than others at raising life expectancy and reducing infant mortality. It was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2010 and won the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research (2011). 

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Fall 2017: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30, PAC 219


Fall 2017
GOVT 302 - 01
Latin American Politics

Spring 2018
GOVT 271 - 01
Political Econ Developing Coun