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Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Wake Forest University

Peter Siavelis is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Chile/Argentina Study Abroad program. He received his PhD from Georgetown University and has held visiting appointments in Chile and Spain. He has published on Latin American electoral and legislative politics in numerous journal articles and book chapters including publications in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Politics and Society. He is the author of The President and Congress in Post-authoritarian Chile: Institutional Constraints to Democratic Consolidation (Penn State Press, 2000). He is also the co-editor of Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America (Penn State Press, 2008), with Scott Morgenstern. His most recent book is Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, edited with Kirsten Sehnbruch (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Press, 2014), which was also published in Spanish as El Balance: Política y las políticas de la Concertación (Santiago: Catalonia, 2014).


  • 1996–2020
    Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University