Robert Packenham

Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
Ph.D., Yale University
Robert Packenham

Robert Packenham, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, taught in the Department from 1965 to 2006 in the fields of comparative and Latin American politics.  He has also been a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Hoover Institution and a visiting professor at universities in Latin America, the UK, and the US.

Packenham is author of Liberal America and the Third World (Princeton University Press, 1973); The Dependency Movement (Harvard University Press, 1992); and journal articles, chapters in edited volumes, and other writings on diverse topics such as legislatures and political development, foreign aid and the national interest, social science and public policy, state-market relations, and politics and development in Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina.

Since retiring he has made first trips to China, Japan, Israel, Ireland, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Russia, and Sweden as well as multiple returns to Brazil, Chile, Argentina,  England, and France.

His current research and writing projects are on state-market relations and development in Latin America, a history and assessment of social science theories of political development from the early 1960s to the present, and political leadership as a neglected variable in scholarly theorizing about politics and development.


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