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Gretchen Casper

Gretchen Casper

Gretchen Casper

Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Gretchen Casper

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1987


Professional Bio

Her primary research interests are in democratization and elite behavior from a cross-national perspective as well as the politics of developing nations and new democracies.

Her work appeared in Political Analysis and she has published two books Negotiating Democracy (with Michelle M. Taylor), and, Fragile Democracies: The Legacies of Authoritarian Rule. She came to Penn State in 1998 from Caltech and from Texas A&M.

Affiliated Program:

Dual Degree Ph.D. in Asian Studies

Research Specialties:

  • Democratization
  • Developing countries
  • Civil conflict

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization