Gordon Fulcher Professor in Decision-Making
Professor of Sociology and Political Science
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330
Areas of Interest
James Mahoney is a comparative-historical researcher with interests in political development, Latin America, and methodology. His most recent books are A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences (with Gary Goertz; 2012); Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective (2010); and Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (2010; coedited with Kathleen Thelen).
Mahoney has received several awards for his work on methodology from the American Sociological Association (ASA) and American Political Science Association (APSA). His book on Colonialism and Postcolonial Development received six major awards from sections in ASA and APSA.
Mahoney has been President of the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section, APSA, Chair of the Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, ASA, and is Chair- Elect of the Development Section, ASA. He is currently Associate Chair of Political Science at Northwestern.
POLI SCI: 490: Methods of Comparative Analysis Syllabus
A Tale of Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences
(with Gary Goertz)
Princeton University Press, 2012
Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective
Cambridge University Press, 2010
Explaining Institutional Change Ambiguity, Agency, and Power
(with Kathleen Thelen), Cambridge University Press, 2010
Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences
(with Dietrich Rueschemeyer), Cambridge University Press, 2003
The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America
John Hopkins University Press, 2001
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