James Mahon

James Mahon
Woodrow Wilson Professor of Political Science, Chair of Global Studies
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413-597-2236
Schapiro Hall Rm 337
At Williams since 1990

Office hours, Fall 2017:  W 10-12 and by appointment

Education

B.A. Dartmouth College (1977)
M.A. University of California, Berkeley (1983)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Political Science (1989)

Areas of Expertise

Professor Mahon teaches courses on political economy, comparative politics, Latin American politics, U.S.- Latin America foreign relations, and Cuba. He has authored various articles on taxation in Latin America, political economy, and comparative social inquiry, as well as Mobile Capital and Latin American Development. His current research examines fiscal politics and the reform of the state in Latin America.

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PSCI 204(S)

Introduction to Comparative Politics: Nationalism, Religion, and State Power

PSCI 248 T(F)

The USA in Comparative Perspective

PSCI 266

The United States and Latin America

ECON 299 / PSCI 238 / POEC 250(F)

Economic Liberalism and Its Critics

PSCI 349 T(S)

Cuba and the United States

PSCI 351

The New Left and Neoliberalism in Latin America

Scholarship/Creative Work

Recent scholarly publications:

“Progressive Reforms and the Art of the Possible” (review of seven books), Latin American Research Review (forthcoming).

The 2012 Dominican Tax Reform in Historical and Regional Context (New York and Santo Domingo: Global Foundation for Development and Democracy, 2015).

(with Marcelo Bergman and Cynthia Arnson) “Introduction” and “Conclusion” in Mahon, Bergman, and Arnson, eds., Progressive Tax Reform and Equality in Latin America, Woodrow Wilson Center Reports on the Americas no. 35 (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2015).

“Economic Freedom and the Size of Government,” Challenge (Jan/Feb 2014).  Link to Online Appendix.    Link to longer 2015 version on SSRN here.

Tax Incidence and Tax Reforms in Latin America,” Woodrow Wilson Center Update on the Americas (November 2012).

Data:

Links to files related to “Causes of Tax Reform in Latin America,” Latin American Research Review 39:1 (February 2004): TaxReformDataAnalysis (html); dataset for LARR article (Excel); larger, messy dataset (Excel).

Recent opinion pieces:

Torture and American Exceptionalism,” Berkshire Eagle, 28 December 2014.

The Crazy Uncle Party,” Berkshire Eagle, 11 July 2011.

Course Syllabi

PSCI 204: Nationalism, Religion, and State Power
PSCI 266: The United States and Latin America
PSCI 238/ POEC 250/ ECON 299: Economic Liberalism and Its Critics
PSCI 248T: The USA in Comparative Perspective
PSCI 346: Mexican Politics
PSCI 349T: Cuba and the United States
PSCI 351: The New Left and Neoliberalism in Latin America
PSCI 420/440: The Power of the Purse and International Politics

Current Committees

  • Global Studies, Chair
  • Political Economy Program