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Thomas D. LancasterProfessor (On Leave)


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis
  • M.A., Miami University
  • B.A., Washington & Lee University


Professor Lancaster’s scholarly interests focus on comparative politics, especially political institutions and European politics. He wrote Policy Stability and Democratic Change (Penn State University Press) as well as the multi-authored Western European Government and Politics (Longman), and co-edited Politics and Change in Spain (Praeger), Compounded Representation in Western European Federations (Frank Cass), and Federalism and Compounded Representation in Western Europe (special issue of PubliusThe Journal of Federalism). He has published articles in such scholarly outlets as The American Political Science Review, the Journal of PoliticsComparative Political Studies, the European Journal for Political ResearchWest European Politics, the International Political Science ReviewInternational Studies Quarterly, and Comparative International Development. His most recent articles include ones in PubliusThe Journal of Federalism and West European Politics.       

His teaching interests cover many aspects of comparative politics. His undergraduate courses have ranged from introductory classes in comparative politics and freshman seminars to junior-senior level classes in European politics, comparative political economy, and research methodology. He also enjoys teaching at the graduate level and has directed 12 Ph.D. dissertations and served on 14 other committees, including 3 in other Emory departments and 6 internationally. He is the winner of several awards at Emory, including the Emory Williams Teaching Award, the Crystal Apple teaching award, the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the Center for Teaching & Curriculum, and Omicron Delta Kappa's "Award of Merit: Outstanding Faculty Member in Service."

He has served administratively at Emory as Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (5 years), Chair of the Department of German Studies (2 years), and Director of the British Studies Program (4 years). Recent professional service has included being a member of the Fulbright Commission’s National Screening Committee on Spain and as a Summer Stipend Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He is also currently in his second three-year term as Vice-Chair of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee (RC-28) “Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance.