Politics Faculty

Our core faculty bring a wide range of approaches and disciplinary backgrounds to the study of politics. Graduate students may also benefit from working with our affiliated graduate faculty.

Kent Eaton
  • Title
    • Professor of Politics
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Affiliations Merrill College, Latin American & Latino Studies, Chicano Latino Research Center, Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
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  • Website
  • Office Location Crown 222
  • Office Hours Winter quarter 2018: Thursday 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Mail Stop Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Latin American and Latino Studies, Comparative Politics, Political Science, Politics
  • Courses Taught Politics 140c: Latin American Politics, Politics 144: Andean Politics, Politics 190v: Problems in Latin American Politics, Politics 60: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Politics 200c: Political Economy, Politics 243: Comparative Methods

Research Interests

Kent Eaton studies comparative politics, international relations, political institutions, and the politics of economic development. Professor Eaton has conducted research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Philippines, and Uruguay.

Focusing on subnational comparative politics in Latin America, Eaton's research examines the growing salience of territorially-defined interests, identities, and institutions across the region. Current research projects include the emergence of conservative autonomy movements, subnational forms of economic nationalism, and conflict between Left national governments and opposition mayors and governors over the future of decentralization.

Biography, Education and Training

Stanford University, B.A. International Relations, 1990

Yale University, Ph.D. Political Science, 1998

Selected Publications