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Miguel Glatzer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Political Science

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Office: Olney Hall Room 355
Phone: 215.991.2851
Email: glatzer@lasalle.edu


I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science where I co-direct the LaSallian Forum on Politics and Policy. I am also a member of the research group in economic and social history (GHES) at the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao of the Technical University of Lisbon (ISEG-UTL). Before joining La Salle University, I held teaching and research positions at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Bryant University and Brown University.

My current research focuses on social policy in authoritarian regimes, taxation and redistribution, labor market incorporation of immigrants, and globalization and welfare state development in new democracies. An avid traveler, I have conducted research in Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Belgium and teach students in a summer abroad program in Lisbon.

Areas of Expertise

  • Spain, Portugal
  • European Integration
  • Globalization and Social Policy
  • Democratization and Economic Inequality


  • Ph.D. Harvard University 2009
  • B.A. University of Chicago 1989


  • POL 120 European Politics
  • POL 151 Introduction to American Politics
  • POL 221 The Politics of the Developing World
  • HON 353 The Child and the State: Protecting Children or Failing Them?
  • PSC 393 Modern Portugal: History, Economics and Political Development. A summer study abroad course taught in Lisbon at ISEG-UTL through University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth


  • “The Rise and Fall of Tax Progessivity in Portugal,” in Jeremy Leaman, ed., The Political Economy of Taxation. Berghahn. Forthcoming.
  • “Welfare State Growth in the Portuguese Second Republic: Social Spending and its Challenges,” in Antonio Costa-Pinto and Richard Herr, eds., The Portuguese Republic at a Hundred. University of California Press. Forthcoming.
  • “The Transformation of Portuguese Society: The Role of Europeanization,” co-authored with Michael Baum. In Laura Ferreira-Pereira, ed., Portugal in the European Union: Assessing Twenty-Five Years of Integration Experience. Routledge. Forthcoming.
  • “Incomplete Modernity or Typically Modern: Portuguese National Identity in an Era of Rapid Transition,” co-authored with Michael Baum. In Sebastian Royo, ed. Portugal in the Twenty-First Century: Politics, Society and Economics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Forthcoming.
  • “Rigidity and Flexibility: Patterns of Labour Market Policy Change in Portugal and Spain, 1981-96.” South European Society and Politics, Vol. 4, No. 3, Winter 1999. Reprinted in Nancy Bermeo, ed., Unemployment in Southern Europe: Coping with the Consequences. Frank Cass. Portland, OR. 2000.


  • Politics Matters: Globalization and the Future of the Welfare State, co-edited with Dietrich Rueschemeyer. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2005.
  • Portugal: Strategic Options in a European Context, co-edited with Angelo Cardoso, Fatima Monteiro and Jose Tavares. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2003.


  • “Debating Tax Progressivity in Portugal.” Conference on Taxation and Inequality, University of Loughborough, England.
  • “Income Inequality, Tax Reform and the Welfare State: The Case of Portugal.” American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.
  • “Social Policy and European Integration.” University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
  • “Health Inequalities in Portugal.” Conference on Economic Crises and Health, Harvard University.
  • “The Portuguese Welfare State: Achievements and Challenges.” Conference on the Two Portuguese Republics, University of California-Berkeley.
  • “Globalization and Social Policy in Middle-Income Democracies.” Portuguese Economic and Social History Association, Lisbon, and New England Political Science Association, Newton, MA.

 For a full c.v. please email me at glatzer@lasalle.edu

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