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.

Roger Schoenman
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2391
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-3125
  • Office Location Merrill 153
  • Office Hours Tuesday 3:15-5
  • Mail Stop Merrill Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Summary of Expertise

Political Economy, Comparative Political Development, Lobbying, State-Business Networks, Network Analysis, Central Europe and the Balkans.

Research Interests

Prof. Schoenman's work explores three related topics: 1) the varieties of capitalism in the post-socialist countries, 2) the role of networks in political organization and 3) the conditions under which large and long-term political projects become possible.

Recent publications investigate the impact of party-competition on the politicization of the economy and institutional development. He has recently published a book titled Networks and Uncertainty in Europe's Emerging Markets (Cambridge University Press 2014), that examines the impact of party systems and cleavages, business-elite origins, and the structure of business networks on institutional development in the evolving market democracies of the post-socialist area.

Current research examines the development of post-communist party systems after the financial crisis, the role of new media in mass protest and the politics of renewable energy across the European Union. Using computer assisted text analysis, he has also explored patterns of political debate in post-communist Europe.

Biography, Education and Training

PhD Columbia University, 2005
MSc London School of Economics, 1995
BA Johns Hopkins University, 1993

Honors, Awards and Grants

Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2008-2009
Harriman Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, 2006-2007
American Center for Learned Societies Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2005.

Selected Publications

Teaching Interests

Political Economy, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, Politics of Development, Democratization and New Media, Comparative Capitalisms, Post-Socialist Political Economy.