Caroline Beer

Curriculum Vitae

January 2007

 

Department of Political Science

The Old Mill Room 522, 94 University Place

University of Vermont

Burlington VT  05405-4110

e-mail caroline.beer@uvm.edu

tel (802)656-8384, fax (802)656-0758

 

EMPLOYMENT:

                Associate Professor, Political Science Department, University of Vermont, August, 2006-present.

                Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, University of Vermont, August, 2000-2006.

Education:

Ph.D. with Distinction, Political Science, University of New Mexico, July, 2000.

M.A., Political Science, University of New Mexico, May, 1996.

B.A., Economics and Latin American Studies, Oberlin College, May, 1993.

Publications:

Book:  Electoral Competition and Institutional Change in Mexico, University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.

*2004 Choice Outstanding Academic Book*

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

“Quality of Life: An Approach Integrating Opportunities, Human Needs, and Subjective Well-being” co-authored with Robert Costanza et. al., Ecological Economics, 61:2-3(March 2007):267-276.

“Judicial Performance and the Rule of Law in the Mexican States” Latin American Politics and Society, 48(3):33-62, Fall 2006.

“Comparing Nations and States:  Human Rights and Democracy in India” co-authored with Neil Mitchell, Comparative Political Studies, 39(8):996-1018, October 2006.

 “Democracy and Human Rights:  Elections or Social Capital?” co-authored with Neil Mitchell,  International Studies Quarterly 48:293-312, 2004.

“Peaceful Parties and Puzzling Personalists” co-authored with Mark Peceny, American Political Science Review 97(2): 339-342, May 2003.

“Dictatorial Peace?” co-authored with Mark Peceny and Shannon Sanchez-Terry, American Political Science Review 96(1): 15-26, March 2002.

“Assessing the Consequences of Electoral Democracy:  Subnational Legislative Change in Mexico,” Comparative Politics 33(4): 421-440, July 2001.

Review Essay:

 “Institutional Change in Mexico:  Politics after One-party Rule” Latin American Research Review, 37(3):149-161, 2002.

Book Chapter:

"Electoral Competition and Fiscal Decentralization in Mexico" in Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America, edited by Alfred Montero and David Samuels, University of Notre Dame Press, 2004. 

Book Reviews:

Political (in)Justice: Authoritarianism and the Rule of Law in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, by Anthony W. Pereira.  Perspectives on Politics, 5(1):194-195, March 2007.

Downsizing the State:  Privatization and the Limits of Neoliberal Reform in Mexico, by Dag MacLeod, and Democratization without Representation:  The Politics of Small Industry in Mexico, by Kenneth C. Shadlen.  Perspectives on Politics, 3(3):671-673, September 2005.

Politics Beyond the Capital:  The Design of Subnational Institutions in South America, by Kent Eaton.  Political Science Quarterly, 120(4):720-721, Winter 2005-06.

Other Publications:

“AP Comparative Government and Politics Briefing Paper:  Mexico.”  College Board Advanced Placement Program.  2005.  Available online at: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/repository/finalmexicopaper.ae.s_42254.pdf

 

Grants and Honors:

Outstanding Faculty Woman Award, University of Vermont Women’s Center and Women’s and Gender

Studies Program, 2007

University of Vermont, College of Arts and Sciences Deans Fund Award, 2004.

National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 1998-1999.

Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship, 1998-1999.

Inter-American Foundation, Doctoral Field Research Fellowship (declined), 1998.

Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico, Ph.D. Fellowship, 1997-1998.

P.E.O. Scholar Award, 1997-1998.

Institute for Public Policy, University of New Mexico, Research Fellowship, 1997.

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 1995-1997.

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California at San Diego, Grant for Graduate Student Field

Research on the Transformation of Rural Mexico, 1995.

Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico, Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant, 1995.

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont.

                Comparative Democratization, fall 2001-present.

Latin American Politics, spring 2001-present.

Mexican Politics, fall 2003-present.

International Relations, fall 2000-2002.

Comparative Politics, spring 2004-present.

 

Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of New Mexico.

Introduction to Political Analysis (Research Methods), spring 1997.

International Politics, fall 1997.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of New Mexico.

The Legislative Process, spring 1994 and fall 1995.

                                American Politics, spring 1994 and fall 1995.

Research and Teaching Interests:

Comparative Politics

Democratization

Latin American Politics

Mexican Politics

Comparative Political Economy

Research Skills:

                Fluent in Spanish

                Proficient in Portuguese

                Advanced Econometrics

Conference Papers and Presentations:

Chair/Discussant for Panel “Political Change in Asia,” Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, November 9-11, 2006, Boston, MA.

“The Legal and Political Status of Women in Latin America,” presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, November 9-11, 2006, Boston, MA.

“Women in Latin America,” presented at the Annual Conference of the New England Council of Latin American Studies, October 28, 2006, Middlebury, VT.

 “The Status of Women in Latin America,” presented at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, April 25, 2006.

“Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the Rise of the Left in Mexico,” presented at the Annual Conference of the New England Council of Latin American Studies, October 1, 2005, Bowdoin, ME.

“Judicial Performance and Democratization in the Mexican States,” presented at the American Political Science Association meeting, September 1-4, 2005, Washington D.C.

 “Explaining Cooperation between One-Party States:  A Case Study of Cuba-Mexico Relations,” presented at the Latin American Studies Association Meeting, October 6-9, 2004, Las Vegas, NV.

“Cambio Institucional en el Poder Judicial en México”, University of Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico, August 18, 2004.

 “Democratization and Judicial Reform in Mexico,” presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 28-31, 2003.

“Judicial Politics in Mexico,” presented at the Midwestern Political Science Association 61st Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2003.

“The Role of Elections in Politics and Governance,” presented at the VI Taller Internacional Agenda Latinoamericana, “Pensar America Latina:  Proyectar America Latina,” Universidad de La Habana, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Programa Cuba, June 5-7, 2002.

“Political Competition and Fiscal Autonomy in the Mexican States,” presented at the XXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington D.C., September 6-8, 2001.

“Explaining the Size of the Public Sector in Latin America,” presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 30-September 2, 2001.

“Human Rights in India:  Investigating an Outlier,” presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, August 30-September 2, 2001.

“Democracy and Human Rights:  Elections or Social Capital?” presented at the Midwestern Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 19-21, 2001.

“Human Rights, Democracy, and the Experience of the Mexican States,” presented at the Western Political Science Association Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-17, 2001.

“Explaining Decentralization:  The Consequences of Political Competition,” presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Meeting, Albany, New York, November 9-11, 2000.

“Legislatures in Transition:  The Changing Role of the Legislative Branch in Mexican State Government,” presented at the Latin American Studies Association XXII International Congress, Miami, Florida, March 16-18, 2000. 

“The Sources of Institutional Change in Mexico in the Post-NAFTA Era,” presented at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella y University of New Mexico Seminario sobre Integración:  Mercosur y NAFTA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 4-5, 1999.

“Democratization and Institutional Change in the Mexican States,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2-5, 1999.

“Subnational Politics in Mexico,” presented at the Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 17, 1999.

“Las Elecciones Competitivas y el Cambio Institucional en las Legislaturas de los Estados de San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, y Guanajuato,” presented at the X Congreso Nacional en Estudios Electorales, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, December 2-5, 1998.

“El Congreso Mexicano,” presented at the Instituto Tecnológico Latinoamericano, Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico,  November 12, 1998.

“La Competitividad Electoral y el Cambio Institucional en Guanajuato,” presented at the Primer Encuentro Guanajuato, Pasado y Presente Hacia el Siglo XXI, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, May 7-8, 1998.

“The Dictatorial Peace,” co-authored with Mark Peceny and Shannon Sanchez-Terry, presented at the 39th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 17-21, 1998.

“The Breakdown of One-Party Domination:  A Comparative Analysis of Voting Behavior in the South of the U.S. and Mexico,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington D.C., August 28-31, 1997.

“Measuring the Impact of Popular Organization:  The Frente Democrático Campesino in Chihuahua, Mexico,” presented at the Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Guadalajara, Mexico, April 17-19, 1997.

“Hispanic Attitudes Towards Local Environmental Threats,” co-authored with Alok Bohara and Hank Jenkins-Smith, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 23-26, 1997. 

“The Breakdown of One-Party Domination in the U.S. South,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 23-26, 1997.

“Social Movements and Rural Democratization in Chihuahua, Mexico,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 20-24, 1996.

Professional Experience:

Visiting Researcher, Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Guanajuato,

                                Guanajuato, Mexico, 1998-1999.

Instructor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1997.

Visiting Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City, Mexico, 1996.

Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1994-

1995.

Other Related Experience:

ESL Instructor and Community Outreach Coordinator, San Rafael Canal Ministries, San Rafael, California,

1993-1994.

Visiting Student, Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1992.

Assistant Director and Supervisor for Student Exchange Program, Amigos de las Americas, Ecuador and

Mexico, 1991-1992.              

Volunteer for Community Health Care Project, Amigos de las Americas, Ecuador and Mexico, 1988-1989.

Professional Service:

Manuscript reviewer for the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Politics, Polity. Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and  Society, Social Science Quarterly, Governance,

Cambridge University Press, Notre Dame University Press.

 

Application Screener for the Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Field Research

Fellowship, January 2004.

Professional Associations:

                American Political Science Association.

                Latin American Studies Association.

References:

Karen L. Remmer

Department of Political Science

214 Perkins Library, Box 90204

Duke University

Durham, NC  27708-0204

(919)660-4300

 

Kenneth M. Roberts

Department of Political Science

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM  87131

(505)277-3337

kenrob@unm.edu

 

Neil J. Mitchell

Department of Political Science

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM  87131

(505)277-5104

nmitchel@unm.edu

 

Mark Peceny

Department of Political Science

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM  87131

(505)277-5447

markpec@unm.edu