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James D. Bowen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Department Chair
Political Science

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Latin American Politics; Politics of the Developing World; Mexican Politics; US-Latin America Relations; Latin American Social Movements. Graduate: Political Change; Politics of Economic Development


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
M.A. in Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002
B.A., Hanover College, 2000

Research Interests

  • Latin American politics
  • Economic development

Publications and Media Placements

“Rethinking Democratic Governance: State-building, Autonomy, and Accountability in Correa’s Ecuador,” Journal of Politics in Latin America (2015), Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 83-110

“The Right and Non-party Forms of Representation and Participation: Bolivia and Ecuador Compared” in Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and Juan Pablo Luna, eds. (2014)

The Right and Democracy in Contemporary Latin America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 94-116; (with Candace Martínez)

“The Ethical Challenges of the UN's Clean Development Mechanism in the Solid Waste Management Sector,” Journal of Business Ethics (2013), Vol. 117, No. 4, pp. 807-821

“Multiculturalism, Markets, and Democracy: Elites and Indigenous Movements in Contemporary Ecuador,” Journal of Latin American Studies 43:3 (2011), pp. 451-483

“The Right in ‘New Left’ Latin America,” Journal of Politics in Latin America 3:1 (2011), pp. 99-124.

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar (Colombia, 2016)
  • President's Research Fund Award

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Midwest Association of Latin American Studies