Faculty

Michael E. Allison

Mike Allison is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science where he also directs the University’s Education for Justice program. He grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York and attended the Jesuit-run Regis High School in New York City. He graduated with a BA (1996) in Politics and minors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Peace Justice Studies from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He received his Masters (2001) and Doctorate (2006) in Political Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Teaching interests: He teaches courses on Central and South America, United States - Latin American Relations, Human Rights, Comparative Civil Wars, September 11th and Beyond, and required courses in American Government, International Relations, and Research Methods.

Research Interests: Dr. Allison’s teaching and research interests concern the comparative study of civil war and civil war resolution, particularly as it relates to the transition of rebel groups to political parties in Central and South America. He has also published on international trade and international conflict. His published work has appeared in Latin American Politics and SocietyStudies in Comparative International DevelopmentConflict Management and Peace ScienceThe Latin Americanist and various edited volumes.

Additional information: He was a student Fulbright Scholar to El Salvador (1997) and recently returned from a Faculty Fulbright Scholarship to Guatemala (2013) where he researched the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit and its transition to political party as well as United States – Central American relations in the post-Cold War period.

He maintains a blog on Central American politics and regularly writes opinion and analysis for Al Jazeera English, the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor, and World Politics Review. He has been a consultant on Freedom House’s Freedom in the World reports for Central America since 2011.

He lives with his wife and two children in South Abington Township.