Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies; Department Chair

Areas of Specialization: Comparative Politics; Latin American Politics; Research Methods

Taylor Boas is Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at Boston University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame and a Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

Boas’s research examines electoral politics and political behavior in Latin America, focusing on topics such as religion, accountability, campaigns, and the mass media. He is author of Evangelicals and Electoral Politics in Latin America: A Kingdom of This World (Cambridge University Press, 2023); Presidential Campaigns in Latin America: Electoral Strategies and Success Contagion (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2003). He was co-PI of “Accountability and Incumbent Performance in the Brazilian Northeast,” part of the EGAP Metaketa Initiative on Information and Accountability. He has published articles in American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and World Politics, among other outlets.

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