Charles H. Blake has been teaching at James Madison University since 1992. He received the A.B. magna cum laude from Davidson College and the Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. He serves as the Faculty Ombudsperson at JMU. 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, and 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 and of the faculty team supporting JMU's graduate certificate program in the management of international NGOs. He is a past president of the Xi of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa housed at JMU. He served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 2009 through 2016.
Charles Blake is a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, DC. His research explores the dynamics of socioeconomic policies in Latin America and Europe and the pursuit of greater governing transparency and accountability in public administration. He has field experience at research institutes and universities 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 a textbook on comparative public policy, Comparing Public Policies: Issues and Choices in Industrialized Countries, for Congressional Quarterly Press. He has written a textbook on Latin American politics, Politics in Latin America, for Cengage. With Stephen Morris, Dr. Blake has co-edited two volumes on corruption dynamics — 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 also been published in various academic 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. His work in progress examines the relationship between federalism and mechanisms of horizontal, societal, and vertical accountability.