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Alfred C. Stepan

Wallace C. Sayre Professor Emeritus of Government; Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of International and Public Affairs
School: 
School of the Arts
Department: 
Political Science Department
Office: 
420 W.118th Street, Room 815 IAB New York, NY 10027
Email: 
as48@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-5264
Biography

Alfred Stepan is Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR), and the Co-Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL). He was the founding Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw and was the former Director on the Concilium on International and Area Studies at Yale University and the Dean of the School of International Affairs at Columbia University.

His two most recent books are Alfred Stepan, Juan J. Linz, Yogendra Yadav, Democracy in Multinational Societies: India and Other Polities, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and Democracies in Danger, Alfred Stepan, ed., (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Some of his other books include Arguing Comparative Politics (Oxford 2001); Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe, with J. J. Linz (Johns Hopkins 1996); Rethinking Military Politics: Brazil and the Southern Cone (Princeton 1988); The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes, edited with Juan J. Linz (Johns Hopkins 1978); The State and Society: Peru in Comparative Perspective (Princeton 1978); and The Military in Politics: Changing Patterns in Brazil (Princeton 1971).

Stepan's teaching and research interests include comparative politics, theories of democratic transitions, federalism, and the world's religious systems and democracy. In the last two years, he has conducted field research in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, and Brazil.

Research & Other Works
Working paper
Views from the Indian Electorate: Satisfactions and Dissatisfactions with Democracy, Politics and the Economy
 
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