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Contemporary Politics and Issues
(PSC 1010)

Comparing Foreign Political Systems (PSC 2510)

International Relations
(PSC 2710)

International Conflict and Security
(PSC 4710)

Latin American Politics 
(PSC 3510)

Senior seminar in Political Science
(PSC 4099)


HPU Dept. of Political Science

Smith Library (use the library's "Journal Finder" links to locate specific journals and articles; if you need an article or book that is not available through Smith's resources, see the "interlibrary loan" page" )

The University's Honor Code

Setzler e-mail policies (includes instructions on forwarding your HPU e-mail to an off-campus e-mail account)

When and how to cite materials in your papers

Grading criteria for lower-division papers, take-home essays, and reports

Grading criteria for upper-division papers and take-home essays

Grading criteria for essay questions on in-class exams

Grading criteria for class participation

Improve your research with Google Scholar (but keep in mind that for many of my assignments, you may not use outside sources)

Improving your grammar grades on papers

What can you do with a degree in political science or international relations? 


Welcome to my website! For those of you don't know me well, here is a little background on how I came to be a professor at North Carolina's High Point University

I grew up on a mule ranch outside of Boise, Idaho. My BA is from Pacific University, a liberal arts college in Oregon. After college, I worked briefly on Capitol Hill  and then for a law office in Washington, DC before heading to the University of Texas to earn a PhD in political science. While in Austin, I was an analyst for the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, a non-profit research center that concentrates on urban, state, and Latino policy issues. 

Before coming to High Point in 2004, I taught at Lewis & Clark College and the University of Portland.  My teaching interests are quite broad, and over the years, I have taught courses on American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political science research methods. 

Most of my academic research explores how political systems can be made more democratic, responsive, and accountable to historically marginalized groups. Building on interests I first developed as an undergraduate exchange student in Ecuador, much of my scholarship has examined why, when, and how citizens in Latin America can use elections to demand democracy-enhancing political reforms from public officials. This research has drawn on extensive field research in Brazil. I also study ways to deepen and improve democratic political life in the United States, and have published several studies analyzing immigrant, racial, ethnic, and gender politics in America.


More background information is listed in my C.V.



Setzler, Mark and Alixandra B. Yanus. 2016. "Evangelical Protestantism and Bias against Female Political Leaders." Social Science Quarterly
Early View on-line:

Setzler, Mark. 2016. "Religious Differences among Congressional Districts and the Success of Women Candidates" Politics & Gender 12: 518-48.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X15000616. The US Congressional-district level measures of religiosity used in the study are available for download here.

Setzler, Mark. 2015. "Does Religion Bias Individuals Against Female Political Leadership in Latin America?" The Latin Americanist 59(4): 47-72

Setzler, Mark and Alixandra B. Yanus. 2015. “The Impact of Religion on Voting for Female Congressional Candidates.” Politics & Religion. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755048315000528

Setzler, Mark. 2003. “Recursos socioeconômicos, capital sociocultural e conhecimento político como determinantes da formulação de políticas públicas locais no Brasil.” Caderno CRH 39(July): 133-60.

Freeman, Gary P., Luis F.B. Plascencia, and Mark Setzler. 2003. “The Decline of Barriers to Immigrant Economic and Political Rights in the American States: 1977-2001.” International Migration Review 37(1): 5-23. 

DeSipio, Louis, Rodolfo O. de la Garza, and Mark Setzler. 1999. “Awash in the Mainstream: Latinos and the 1996 Elections.” In Awash in the Mainstream: Latino Politics and the 1996 Elections, eds. Rodolfo O. de la Garza and Louis DeSipio. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 3-45. 

de la Garza, Rodolfo O., Scott Graves, and Mark Setzler. 1999. “Alive and Kicking: Municipal Affirmative Action Policy in Texas Cities, 1980s-1990s.” Policy Studies Journal 27(1): 45-63. 

Setzler, Mark. 1997. “From Cortiços to Favelas: Housing Policy in São Paulo in the Twentieth Century.” In Policymaking in a Redemocratized Brazil: Decentralization and Social Policy, ed. Robert H. Wilson. Austin: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 319-56.

The address of this site is: http://www.highpoint.edu/~msetzler