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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Tyler Dickovick

Associate Professor of Politics

Huntley 311
(540) 458-8174

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Ph.D. in public affairs, Princeton University (2004)

M.A. in public affairs, Princeton University (2002)

M.P.A., Princeton University (2000)

B.Sc. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania (1995)

B.A. in International Relations, University of Pennsylvania (1995)


African politics, Latin American politics, decentralization, federalism, local governance, and international development.


International Development, International Political Economy, Latin American Politics, Comparative Political Analysis, African Politics (Spring Term Abroad programs in Senegal and Ghana), Global Politics, and Applied Statistics.


J. Tyler Dickovick is an Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He conducts research on African and Latin American politics, with a focus on decentralization, federalism, and local governance. He is the author of Decentralization and Recentralization in the Developing World: Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America (2011, Penn State University Press), along with several articles in journals such as Publius, Journal of Modern African Studies, and Latin American Research Review. His current research projects include a manuscript on decentralization and local governance in Mali and an edited volume that compares processes of decentralization in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Dickovick has also authored or co-authored numerous research reports and studies on decentralization and democratic local governance for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as research reports for the World Bank and United Nations University. His work has taken him to Brazil, Peru, and a number of African countries, including Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, and South Africa. Prior to his graduate studies, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo from 1995 to 1997.

He is a co-author, with Professor Jonathan Eastwood (Dept. of Sociology, Washington and Lee), of a textbook entitled Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2012). This text develops a new model for how introductory courses in comparative politics can be taught. It addresses major questions in comparative politics by combining several features in one book: surveys of major theoretical approaches, synopses of major works in comparative politics; an accessible approach to social science methods; and a set of country case materials for testing hypotheses. This text will be available for 2013, and will be accompanied the following year by an edited reader of major writings in comparative politics.