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Senior seminar in
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" )
Grading criteria for upper-division papers and take-home essays
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Welcome to my website! For those of you don't know me well, here is some background information about how I came to be a professor of political science at North Carolina's High Point University.
I am a native of Washington State and grew up on a small mule ranch outside of Boise, Idaho. My BA in political science and Spanish literature is from Pacific University, a liberal arts college in Oregon. After college, I worked briefly on Capitol Hill and then for a DC law office before going to the University of Texas to earn a PhD in political science. While in Austin, I worked for several years as 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 University in 2004, I was a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College and the University of Portland.
My teaching interests are quite broad, and over the years, I have taught courses on US politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political science research methods.
Most of my academic research has explored 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 work has examined why, when, and how citizens in Latin America choose to use elections to demand democracy-enhancing political reforms from public officials. This research has drawn on extensive field research in urban Brazil, where I have conducted hundreds of interviews with state and local politicians, bureaucrats, academics, and community leaders. I am also deeply concerned about deepening and improving democratic political life in the United States, and I published studies analyzing immigrant, racial, ethnic, and gender politics in America.
Setzler, Mark and Alixandra B. Yanus. 2016. "Evangelical Protestantism and Bias against Female Political Leaders." Social Science Quarterly: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ssqu.12315/epdf
Setzler, Mark. 2016. "Religious Differences among Congressional Districts and the Success of Women Candidates" Politics & Gender: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X15000616. The US Congressional-district level measures of religiosity used in the study are available here.
Setzler, Mark. 2015. "Does Religion Bias Individuals Against Female
Political Leadership in Latin America?" The Latin
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 (Jul-Dec), pp. 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 (Spring), pp. 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, 1999). Pp. 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 (March), pp. 45-63. Received the Policy Study Organization's Theodore Lowi Award, recognizing the journal's best article for the year.
Setzler, Mark. “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, 1997. Pp. 319-56.
The address of this site is: http://www.highpoint.edu/~msetzler