Miguel Centellas joined the Croft Institute in the fall of 2015 as Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Sociology. He received his PhD in political science from Western Michigan University in 2007 and previously taught at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania (2006-2008), Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland (2008-2009), The University of Mississippi, and Jackson State University.
His research on political institutions in new democracies has focused on Bolivia, but includes a broader comparative interest in new democracies in Latin America and post-communist Europe. His research explores the relationship between democratization and political identity at the subnational level, and the role played by institutional and socioeconomic factors in that relationship.
Dr. Centellas has conducted extensive fieldwork in Bolivia (where he was a Fulbright Scholar) and is co-director of the joint University of Mississippi and Universidad Católica de Bolivia social science field school in La Paz.
This is an introduction to research methods for International Studies majors, with the purpose of preparing them for the senior thesis. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of social scientific research design, as well as commonly used qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques. Throughout the semester, students will develop a research prospectus, which can be used for the senior thesis. Finally, students will also learn how to give a brief oral research presentation.
An interdisciplinary seminar on populism in Latin America. Drawing from the disciplines of history, sociology, and political science, we will focus on historical and contemporary cases of populism in Latin America - and the difficulties defining "populism" conceptually. Cases include: Juan and Eva Perón (Argentina), Getúlio Vargas (Brazil), José María Velasco Ibarra (Ecuador), Alberto Fujimori (Peru), Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), and Evo Morales (Bolivia).