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Ken E. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Associate Professor

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Ph.D., Oxford University

Bey Hall 248
Office Hours
Fall 2019 Office Hours
Tuesday 3-5pm
Thursday 3-4pm
Courses this Semester
PS 101: Introduction to Political Science: Power and Globalization
Regularly Taught Courses
PS-101: Intro to Political Science
PS 275: Politics and Policy of Latin America
PS 281: International Relations
PS 398: Military Governments and Coups
S/ SO 360:Political Economy in the Developing World
PS 398: Nationalism

Professor Mitchell studied Economics as an undergraduate at the University of California (Santa Cruz) and as a graduate student at the London School of Economics. He completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Oxford University. His published research and teaching interests focus on Latin America, and he organizes departmental trips for MU students to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Oxford, UK.

Research Interests

Latin American Politics and Political Economy, Globalization and Social Policy, Constitutional Change and Party System Development

Scholarly Articles
  • State-Society Relations in Mexico, Ashgate Ltd: London. 2001
  • “Models of Clientelism and Policy Change: The Case of Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes in Mexico and Brazil” written with Aaron Ansell (Virginia Tech University), Bulletin of Latin American Research, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp.298-312.
  • “Democratization, External Exposure and State Food Distribution in the Dominican Republic” – Peer reviewed article, Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR), Vol.28, No. 2 (March) 2009
  • “Bridging the Convergence-Divergence Policy Diffusion Divide,Mid-range Theorizing and Devolving Food Aid in Mexico and the Dominican Republic” The Latin Americanist, Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer 2007, pp.59-82.
  • “Building State Capacity: Reforming Mexican State Food Aid Programs in the 1990s” Journal of Oxford Development Studies, November-December, Vol. 33, No. 3&4, 2005, pp.377-390