Miguel Glatzer, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, LGU
International Relations, Political Science
Hayman Hall 355

Miguel Glatzer is an Associate Professor of Political Science and co-directs the Lasallian Forum on Politics and Policy. He is also a member of the research group in economic and social history at the School of Economics and Management of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Miguel has been associated with LGU since 2012 when he co-taught a travel study course to Turkey. Since then he has led LGU students to Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome and the US-Mexico border.

His research focuses on social welfare and the Catholic church, taxation and redistribution, labor market policy, globalization and welfare state development, the European sovereign debt crisis, financial literacy, and immigration policy. An avid traveler, he has taught and conducted research in Europe, Brazil and Colombia. He is a strong believer in the valuable life experiences afforded by the LGU program.

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 171 Political Analysis
  • POL 221 The Politics of the Developing World
  • POL 480 Senior Seminar in Political Science, I
  • POL 481 Senior Seminar in Political Science, II
  • POL/ECN/HIS 334 The Politics of Development in Latin America
  • POL/LGU/HIS 371 Life on the US-Mexico Border: A Travel Study Course
  • INST 272 Incarceration Nation: An Inside-Out Course
  • LGU 200 Introduction to Leadership and Global Understanding
  • LGU 345 Turkey: A Travel Study Course
  • HON 353 The Child and the State: Protecting Children or Failing Them?
  • HON/INST 358 Exploring Happiness
  • 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


  • “Globalization.” World Democracy: From Ancient Times to the People’s Revolution of the 21st century. M.E. Sharpe. Forthcoming.
  • “Spain and Portugal.” World Democracy: From Ancient Times to the People’s Revolution of the 21st century. M.E. Sharpe. Forthcoming.
  • “Testing the Resilience of Civil Society: The Euro Crisis, Portugal’s Welfare State and the Third Sector.” in The European Union beyond the Crisis: Evolving Governance, Contested Policies, and Disenchanted Publics, Boyka Stefanova (ed.) The European Union Beyond the Crisis (Lexington, 2014)
  • “An Analysis of the Nature of the Relationship Between SAT Scores and Financial Literacy,”  (co-authored with Michael Roszkowski and Richard Lombardo) Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship, 2015
  • “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. 2014.
  • “The Rise and Fall of Tax Progessivity in Portugal,” in Jeremy Leaman, ed., The Political Economy of Taxation. Berghahn. 2013.
  • “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. 2013.
  •  “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. 2012.
  • “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.


  • “Asymmetric Adjustment and the Governance of the Eurozone Debt Crisis,” co-authored with Michael Goyer and Rocio Valdivielso, European Union Studies Association 2015
  • “The European Crisis and Welfare State Reform in Portugal,” Northeast Political science Association, Boston 2014 repeated by special invitation at the Harvard Conference on Portugal 2014
  • “Asymmetric Adjustment and the Governance of the Eurozone Debt Crisis.” Co-authored with Michel Goyer and Rocio Valdivielso. American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. 2014
  • “The Crisis Imperative and Welfare State “Rescaling” in Greece and Portugal.” Co-authored with Maria Petmesidou. Conference on the Welfare State in Portugal in the Age of Austerity, Lisbon. 2014.
  • “Welfare States, Civil Society and the Euro Crisis: The Cases of Spain and Portugal.” Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Milan. 2013.
  • “Southern European Welfare and Social Services: The Role of the Third Sector.” Co-authored with Ugo Ascoli and Dimitri Sotiropulos. Council for European Studies, Amsterdam. 2013.
  • “Civil Society and Social Policy in Southern Europe.” Working Group on the Euro Crisis and Southern Europe, Fondazione Brodolini, Rome, Italy. 2012.
  • “Welfare State Growth and the Current Crisis in Portugal: Social Spending and its Challenges.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. 2012.
  • “Fostering Civil Society: The Portuguese Welfare State and the Development of a Non-Profit Sector.” Council for European Studies, Boston, MA. 2012.
  • “Social Spending, Taxation and Budgetary Reform in Portugal.” SASE: Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Madrid, Spain. 2011.
  • “Debating Tax Progressivity in Portugal.” Conference on Taxation and Inequality, University of Loughborough, England. 2010.
  • “Income Inequality, Tax Reform and the Welfare State: The Case of Portugal.” American Political Science Association, Washington, DC. 2010.
  • “Social Policy and European Integration.” University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
  • “Health Inequalities in Portugal.” Conference on Economic Crises and Health, Harvard University. 2010.
  • “The Portuguese Welfare State: Achievements and Challenges.” Conference on the Two Portuguese Republics, University of California-Berkeley. 2010.