Political Science

Richard Snyder

Professor of Political Science
Rm 316/Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs - 111 Thayer Street
Areas of Expertise Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Political Economy, Qualitative and Mixed Methods
23-24 On Sabbatical


Richard Snyder is Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he previously served as Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (2010-16) as well as Director of the Political Economy of Development Program at the Watson Institute for International Affairs.  Snyder’s research and teaching focus on comparative politics, Latin American politics, comparative political economy, and qualitative and mixed methodologies.  His work also sets US politics in comparative perspective, both through teaching and research on “Inequality and Democracy in Urban America,” as well as through research on subnational policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, Mexico and the United States.  He is currently carrying out a cross-national and subnational comparative study of the crucial role played by extractive industries, especially lithium mining in South America, in the ongoing global transition to sustainable energy sources. His books include Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Passion, Craft and Method in Comparative Politics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007, with Gerardo L. Munck), named “one of the best books published in 2007” by Foreign Policy, and Inside Countries: Subnational Research in Comparative Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019, with Agustina Giraudy and Eduardo Moncada).    He has published dozens of chapters and articles in journals including British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Democracy, Publius, Studies in Comparative International Development, and World Politics.  Internationally, Snyder’s research has been translated into Chinese, French, Korean, Persian and Spanish and published in Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Iran, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, and Spain.