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Sam Handlin ’00


Associate Professor

Program Coordinator, Latin American & Latinx Studies

Political Science

Latin American & Latino Studies


  2. Trotter Hall 313

Sam Handlin is an associate professor of political science at Swarthmore College.  His teaching and research focuses on the comparative politics of developing countries, with a regional emphasis on Latin America and a substantive focus on democracy, authoritarianism, and electoral politics.  He is the author of State Crisis in Fragile Democracies: Polarization and Political Regimes in South America (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and the author/editor of Reorganizing Popular Politics: Participation and the New Interest Regime in Latin America (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009).  His work has also been published in numerous academic journals.

Before coming to Swarthmore, Handlin received a PhD in Political Science from Berkeley, spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and taught for six years at the University of Utah.