Office: McGannon Hall, Room 149
Office Hours: Spring 2014 -- On Research Leave
Dr. J. D. Bowen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University, teaches and conducts research in the areas of Latin American politics, race and ethnicity, U.S. foreign policy (particularly in Latin America), and elite politics. He joined the department in 2008.
Education and background. Dr. Bowen received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 in the fields of comparative politics and international relations. His dissertation and current research focus on how political and economic elites in Latin America (particularly Ecuador) have responded to the emergence of powerful social movements organized by the indigenous peoples of the region. He received an M.A. (also in Political Science) from Virginia Tech in 2002 and a B.A. from Hanover College in 2000. He has previously taught at Macalester College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Quito, Ecuador.
Teaching. Dr. Bowen teaches introductory and upper-level courses in comparative politics, Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin America relations, the politics of race and ethnicity in Latin America, and research methods.
Research. Dr. Bowen's current research focuses on how political and economic elites respond to the rise of influential social movements led by previously-excluded groups. His dissertation, A Subtle Kind of Racism: Elites, Democracy, and Indigenous Movements in Modern Ecuador, focuses on the relationship between the indigenous peoples of Latin America and upper-class groups that have historically dominated the political and economic life of the region. He explores how the discourse and practice of liberal democracy serve as tools to perpetuate the marginalization of indigenous peoples and other excluded groups.
Dr. Bowen also conducts research in the area of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. He is currently beginning a project that examines how the U.S. government's approach to dealing with leftist movements and governments in Latin America evolved from the Cold War era through the present. Dr. Bowen's research has appeared in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis.
Introduction to Comparative Politics syllabus
Introduction to Latin American Politics syllabus
Latin America-U.S. Relations syllabus
Mexican Politics syllabus
Latin American Social Movements syllabus
Latin American-US Relations syllabus
Political Change syllabus
Politics of the Developing World syllabus
Seminar: State and Society syllabus
Political Change syllabus