Consulting

Bolivia/Latin America

I am available to consult on Bolivian politics, or Latin America more generally. I wrote the 2011 “Nations in Transit” Bolivia report for Freedom House, and have served as Bolivia country expert/coder for numerous research projects, including the Electoral Integrity Project, Varieties of Democracy, and Global Integrity. I am also a contributing editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies, published by the US Library of Congress.

I also frequently contribute commentary on Bolivian politics to organizations like the Council of the Americas, Inter-American Dialogue, and Global Americans, as well as media outlets like The New York Times, The Atlantic, and WBEZ’s Worldview.

Pedagogy/Curriculum

My other research interest is social science pedagogy, with related publications in the “The Teacher” section of PS: Political Science & Politics, the journal of record of the American Political Science Association. I have given presentations on better integrating social science research methods into the curriculum, both within and across disciplines. I have also been involved in various aspects of curriculum review, evaluation, and development at several institutions, including Jackson State University (an HBCU) and Dickinson College (a highly selective liberal arts college).

I am interested in developing robust ways to empirically evaluate course and curriculum objectives. In “We’re Off to Replace the Wizard,” my co-author (Greg Love) and I tested the effectiveness of a collaborative group constitution-designing assignment. Using a quasi-experimental design, we found that collaborative group assignments have a significant positive impact in effectively teaching abstract concepts. In a current working paper, my co-author (Cy Rosenblatt) and I analyze the result of a panel survey of students enrolled in 100-level courses at the University of Mississippi. Among our findings is evidence of a racial gap in how completing a 100-level political science course affects political efficacy, after controlling for socioeconomic and demographic factors, as well as student performance in the course.

I am available to consult on department or program curriculum, at various levels. Contact me for rates and availability at consulting@mcentellas.com.