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Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright

Professor of Political Science
233 Pond Lab University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-3205
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Joseph Wright

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Bio

I teach in the Department of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University and currently serve as the co-Director of the Global and International Studies (GLIS) program. I previously held the Jeffrey L. and Sharon D. Hyde Early Career Professorship. I completed my Ph.D. at UCLA in 2007. Prior to arriving at Penn State, I was a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University and a visiting faculty fellow at the University of Notre Dame.  In 2016 I was on leave in Cape Town as a visiting scholar at Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA)

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Politics
  • Dictatorships
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Government Repression
  • Civil Military Relations