International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Michael Coppedge

University of Notre Dame

Michael Coppedge is professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and a faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He specializes in democracy measurement, mixed-method comparative research, and Latin American (especially Venezuelan) parties and elections. He is the author of Democratization and Research Methods (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Strong Parties and Lame Ducks: Presidential Partyarchy and Factionalism in Venezuela (Stanford University Press, 1994), as well as many articles and chapters, including Michael Coppedge and John Gerring (with twelve others), “Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: A New Approach,” Perspectives on Politics 9:2 (June 2011); Michael Coppedge, Angel Alvarez, and Claudia Maldonado, “Two Persistent Dimensions of Democracy: Contestation and Inclusiveness,”Journal of Politics 70:3 (July 2008); and Daniel Brinks and Michael Coppedge, “Diffusion Is No Illusion: Neighbor Emulation in the Third Wave of Democracy” Comparative Political Studies 39:4 (May 2006). He received his Ph.D. in 1988 from Yale University.

Forum Publications

“V-Dem: A New Way to Measure Democracy,” coauthored with Staffan Lindberg, John Gerring, Jan Teorell, et al., Journal of Democracy (July 2014)