Dr. Charles H. Blake
Professor of Political Science
JMU Faculty Ombudsperson
Charles H. Blake received the A.B. from Davidson College & a Ph.D. from Duke University. He serves as JMU's Faculty Ombudsperson. With Kristen McCleary he co-directs a 9-credit summer study-abroad program in Argentina. His teaching interests include comparative politics (especially in Latin America & Europe), policy analysis, & research methods. He serves on the MPA Committee and also teaches in the European Union Policy Studies graduate program. He is a member of JMU's Latin American & Caribbean Studies Committee. He is a past president of the Xi of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa housed here at JMU. He served as the chair of the Department of Political Science from 2009 through 2016.
Charles Blake is a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. His research examines socioeconomic policies in Latin America and Europe and the pursuit of greater transparency and accountability in public administration. He has field experience at institutions in Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay. His research has been supported by the Fulbright program, the Organization of American States, and the Tinker Foundation. With JMU colleague Jessica Adolino, he has co-authored Comparing Public Policies: Issues and Choices in Industrialized Countries for CQ Press. He has written the textbook Politics in Latin America for Cengage. With Stephen Morris, Dr. Blake has co-edited Corruption and Democracy in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009) and Corruption and Politics in Latin America: Regional and National Dynamics (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010). His research has appeared in various journals, including Comparative Political Studies; Democratization; Journal of Health Policy, Politics, & Law; Journal of Inter-American Studies & World Affairs; The Review of International Political Economy; and Studies in Comparative International Development. He is currently studying the relationship between federalism and mechanisms of horizontal, societal, and vertical accountability.