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Head of Department of American Studies, Flinders University

Professor DeBats teaches American and comparative politics and political history. His main area of research is nineteenth century US and Canadian politics using the poll books which preserve and reveal individual political participation for whole communities in the era prior to the adoption of secret voting.


  • –present
    Professor, American Studies, Flinders University


  • 1974 
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, PhD, American History

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • North American History (210312)