John Gerring

Faculty Fellow, Pardee Center
Professor, Political Science, Boston University


BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley


Comparative politics, American politics, development and governance, methodology

John Gerring


Prof. John Gerring teaches courses on methodology and comparative politics. His books include Party Ideologies in America, 1828–1996 (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Social Science Methodology: A Criterial Framework (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Case Study Research: Principles and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2007), A Centripetal Theory of Democratic Governance (with Strom Thacker; Cambridge University Press, 2008), and Concepts and Method: Giovanni Sartori and His Legacy (ed. with David Collier; Routledge, 2008). His articles have appeared in a wide variety of political science journals.

He served as a fellow of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (2002–03) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Programs to Support the Development of Democracy (2006–07). He is the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the global impact of colonialism (2007–10) and also serves as the president of the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (2007–09). Prof. Gerring also leads the “Governance in the Developing World” research project at the Pardee Center.