Peter M. Siavelis

Dr. Peter M. Siavelis has served as the director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program since July 2009. He came to Wake Forest Univiersity in 1996 and has, since, taught in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Siavelis attained both his M.A. and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has held various visiting appointments in Chile and Spain. His research focuses on Latin American electoral and legislative politics, particularly as it pertains to the Southern Cone region. Dr. Siavelis is published in numerous academic journals and has written several book chapters. His most current research analyzes the political recruitment and candidate selection process in Latin America.  Dr. Siavelis has been recognized in both the United States and Latin America for his work and scholarship. Dr. Siavelis also currently serves as the director of the Wake Forest Santiago Study Center and coordinates the university’s Five-Year B.A./M.A. Joint Degree Program in Latin American Studies with Georgetown University.

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Phone: (336) 758 -5451
Office: Kirby 308


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Politics and International Affairs

Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, edited volume with Kirsten Sehnbruch (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Press, 2014)

Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know, edited volume with David Coates (Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2009).

Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America, edited volume with Scott Morgenstern (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008).

The President and Congress in Post-Authoritarian Chile: Institutional Constraints to Democratic Consolidation (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000).

“La selección de candidatos para el poder legislativo en América Latina: de dónde venimos y nuevos caminos de investigación,” with Bonnie Field, in Manuel Alcántara and Mercedes Garcia, eds.,  Algo más que presidentes. El papel del poder legislativo en América Latina (Madrid: Editorial Fundación Manuel Giménez Abad, 2011).

Prologue, En el nombre de la razón: Tecnócratas y política en Chile, by Patricio Silva (Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2010): i-iv.

What it Takes to Win and What it Takes to Govern:  Michelle Bachelet and the Concertación,” in Sylvia Bortzusky and Greg Weeks, eds.  The Bachelet Government and the Future of Democracy in Chile (Coral Gables, FL:  The University of Florida Press, 2010): 27-49.

“Consecuencias intencionales e involuntarias de la reforma electoral: seis lecciones de Chile,” in Igor Vivero, ed. Democracia y reformas políticas en México y América Latina (México City: UAEM, 2010): 171-198.

Seven Imperatives for Improving the Measurement of Party Nationalization with Evidence from Chile,” with Scott Morgenstern and John Polga-Hecimovich,  Electoral Studies, 33 (2014):186-199.
“Chile’s Student Protests: The Original Sin of Educational Policy”, Revista: Harward Review of Latin America, XII: 1 (Fall 2012): 74-77.

Endogenizing Legislative Candidate Selection Procedures in Nascent Democracies: Evidence from Spain and Chile,” with Bonnie Field, Democratization, 18:3 (2011):  797-822.

Did Success Spoil the Concertación?,” Americas Quarterly, 4:2 (Spring 2010): 28-32.

Elite-Mass Congruence, Partidocracia and the Quality of Chilean Democracy,” Journal of Politics in Latin America, 1:3 (2009): 3-31.