Christian Houle

Assistant Professor
Office: 331 South Kedzie Hall
Phone: 517-353-7970

Christian Houle is an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University.  Professor Houle joined the department in 2013.  Prior to that, he was assistant professor in the department of political science at Trinity College, Dublin, for three years.  Professor Houle received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester in 2011, and his M.A. in economics from Queen’s University, Canada, in 2004.  His main research and teaching interests focus on the comparative politics of developing countries.  He is especially interested in topics related to democratization and democratic consolidation, economic development and income distribution.

His articles have been published or are forthcoming in International Organization, World Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions and Government and Opposition.

Recent Publications

A Two-Step Theory and Test of Democratic Waves: Clustered Shocks and the Conditional Diffusion of Democracy, with Mark Andreas Kayser and Jun Xiang. Forthcoming. International Organization.

Inequality, Economic Development and Democratization, Forthcoming. Studies in Comparative International Development.

Why Class Inequality Breeds Coups but Not Civil Wars. Forthcoming. Journal of Peace Research.

Do Civil Wars, Coups and Riots Have the Same Structural Determinants with Cristina Bodea and Ibrahim Elbadawi. Forthcoming. International Interactions.

The Political and Economic Consequences of Populist Rule in Latin America, with Paul Kenny. Forthcoming. Government and Opposition.

Does Inequality Harm Economic Development and Democracy? Accounting for Missing Values, Non-Comparable Observations and Endogeneity, Forthcoming. In Lancaster, Carol, and Nicolas van de Walle, eds. Oxford Handbook of Politics of Development. Oxford University Press.

Ethnic Inequality and the Dismantling of Democracy: A Global Analysis, 2015. World Politics 67(3): 469- 505.

Inequality and Democracy: Why Inequality Harms Consolidation but Does Not Affect Democratization, 2009. World Politics. 61(4): 589-622.