Charles H. Blake has been teaching political science at James Madison University since 1992. He received the A.B. magna cum laude from Davidson College in 1985 and then the Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 1992. Dr. Blake is currently serving as the chair of the political science department. He also directs a 9-credit summer study-abroad program in Argentina. His teaching interests include comparative politics (especially in Latin America and southern Europe), international relations, comparative public policy, and research methods. He is a member of JMU's Latin American Studies Committee and the interim coordinator of the Latin American Studies minor during the spring 2010 semester. He is the coordinator of JMU's graduate certificate program in the management of international NGOs. He is also president of the Xi of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
His research agenda focuses primarily on political economy issues in Latin America and Europe. He has field experience at research institutes and universities in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies; Democratization; International Politics; Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law; Journal of Inter-American Studies & World Affairs; Law and Business Review of the Americas; The Review of International Political Economy; and Studies in Comparative International Development. His research on market-oriented economic reform in Argentina and Uruguay was funded with a fellowship from the Organization of American States. With JMU colleague Professor 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 (2010) and they are now writing a comparative politics textbook for Wadsworth. With Stephen Morris, he has co-edited two volumes on corruption in Latin America -- Corruption and Democracy in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009) Corruption and Politics in Latin America: Regional and National Dynamics (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010). He has written a textbook on Latin American politics, Politics in Latin America, for Houghton Mifflin.
Political Science 240: Comparative Politics
Political Science 295: Political Research Methods
Political Science 347: Comparative Public Policy
Political Science 350: Latin American Politics
Political Science 397: Politics of International Economic Relations
Political Science 499: Honors Thesis Colloquium
International Affairs 295: Cross-National Research Methods
International Affairs 489: Seminar in International Affairs