John Gerring (PhD, University of California, Berkeley), professor of political science at Boston University,* joins the Kellogg Institute for the 2011-12 academic year as the Hewlett Visiting Fellow for Public Policy. With wide-ranging interests in comparative politics and methodology, Gerring is a principal investigator, with Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge, on the “Varieties of Democracy” project to construct a new set of democracy indicators. Their collaboration will be a central focus of Gerring’s time at the Institute.
In other projects, Gerring plans to continue research on the relationship between countries’ regime histories and various governance outcomes and to explore the relationship between democracy, population size, and heterogeneity. He will teach a spring course with Coppedge on theoretical approaches to comparative politics.
The most recent of Gerring’s many books include Social Science Methodology: A Unified Framework(Cambridge University Press, 2012) and with David Collier, Concepts and Method in Social Sciences: The Tradition of Giovanni Sartori (Routledge, 2009). With James Mahoney, he received a National Science Foundation grant to collect historical data related to colonialism and long-term development.
Gerring has served as a fellow of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Programs to Support the Development of Democracy.
*As of 2016, Gerring is professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.
Activities & Lectures
Varieties of Democracy conference
September 28–October 2, 2011
Workshop on methods of causal inference in small-N settings with special focus on democratization for Department of Defense agency
Paper presentation (on the relationship between polity size and democracy)
Gerring Coauthors V-Dem Working Paper
Jan 29, 2018
Congratulations to former Visiting Fellow John Gerring, who has co-authored, along with Calla Hummel and Thomas Burt, a new working paper in the Varieties of Democracy Institute series, entitled "Do Political Finance Laws Reduce Corruption?" (No. 60, January 2018).
Global press freedom plunges to worst level this century
Dec 4, 2017
V-Dem data forms the basis of new report on media freedoms.
V-Dem Researchers Plot Path Forward in Rome Conference
Oct 25, 2017
Researchers involved in the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project gathered in Rome from across the Americas and Europe to present their latest findings at the conference ”What Do We Know About Democratization After 117 Years?”