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James W. McGuire

Professor of Government

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Chair, Latin American Studies

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, social welfare programs, 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 won the 2011 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. 

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Fall 2018 and Spring 2019: On Leave


Fall 2019
GOVT 157 - 02
Democracy & Dictatorship

GOVT 302 - 01
Latin American Politics