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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Dick GuntherProfessor Emeritus
Political Science
112A Mershon Center
614.292.7996
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Education
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, Political Science (1968)
M.A., University of California at Berkeley, Political Science (1971)
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Political Science (1977)

Teaching/Research
Richard Gunther has research interests in Southern Europe, transitions to and consolidation of democracy, electoral behavior, and comparative political institutions and public policy.  He is the international coordinator of the Comparative National Elections Project, and his current research involves comparative analyses of support for democracy and norms relating to citizenship, changes in the structure of partisan competition, and the impact of values on democratic participation.

Gunther is the author or editor of 14 books including Voting in Old and New Democracies, edited with Paul Beck, Pedro Magalhães and Alejandro Moreno (Routledge, 2016); The Politics of Spain, with José Ramón Montero (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Democracy, Intermediation, and Voting on Four Continents, edited with José Ramón Montero and Hans-Jürgen Puhle (Oxford University Press, 2007); and Democracy and the State in the New Southern Europe, edited with P. Nikiforos Diamandouros and Dimitri Sotiropoulos (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Gunther received the Political Science Department's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, the University Distinguished Scholar Award in 2006, the University Distinguished Service Award in 2004, and was Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow from 2004-07.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
High-resolution photo 
Comparative National Elections Project website
Mershon affiliate plays role in Ohio redistricting reform (2015, pdf)
Mershon affiliates win NSF grant for comparative elections study (2017)

Mershon Projects
Comparative National Elections Project IV, with Paul Beck and William Liddle (2017-18)
Mershon Center Conference of the Comparative National Elections Project, with Paul Beck, William "Chip" Eveland, and Erik Nisbet (2016-17)
Consolidating and Institutionalizing the Comparative National Election Project, with Paul Beck, William "Chip" Eveland, and Erik Nisbet (2014-15)
The Fourth Wave of Democratization and the Comparative National Elections Project, with Paul Beck, Chip Eveland, Erik Nisbet, and William Liddle (2013-14)
Comparative National Elections Project, with Paul Beck, Chip Eveland, and Erik Nisbet (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)