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Robert Harmel

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Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Comparative Politics
Contact
  • (979) 845-5124
  • r-harmel@tamu.edu
  • LASB 318
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Research Interests

  • Political parties and comparative politics with side interests in political leadership and regime design and stability

Biography

Dr. Robert Harmel’s research and teaching interests lie in the areas of political parties and comparative politics, with side interests in political leadership and regime design and stability. Within comparative politics, his interests tend to be more involved in generally applicable theories and concepts than wedded to one particular region, though most of his recent work has been on parties of western Europe and the United States.

Dr. Harmel has published widely on political parties, normally reporting results of projects involving cross-national comparison in books, edited volumes, and journals including Party Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics and Journal of Politics. Most recently, he has co-authored several articles and papers on change in parties’ organization and/or issue profiles, based on a major National Science Foundation-sponsored data collection project he co-directed. Dr. Harmel has also explored the development and variant success rates of new political parties in established democracies, most recently in collaborative work with Lars Svasand of the University of Bergen, focused upon new right-wing, anti-immigrant parties in Denmark and Norway. Dr. Harmel’s research and teaching on parties have also focused on partisan behavior in legislatures, party leadership, changing roles of parties in democratization, and conformation of parties to contexts within which they operate.

Dr. Harmel is director of the China Archive, Survey, and Education (CASE) Program of the College of Liberal Arts, and is the Department’s liaison with the European Consortium for Political Research. He is a member of the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, and European Political Science. He is also president of the Fulbright Association Chapter of the Brazos Valley.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses

  • POLS 206: American National Government
  • POLS 315: Political Parties
  • POLS 329: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 481: Senior Research Seminar

Graduate courses

  • POLS 623: Seminar in Cross-National Topics

Representative Publications

Dr. Harmel has published widely on political parties, normally reporting results of projects involving cross-national comparison in books, edited volumes, and journals including Party Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics and Journal of Politics. Most recently, he has co-authored several articles and papers on change in parties’ organization and/or issue profiles, based on a major National Science Foundation-sponsored data collection project he co-directed.