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Matthew Layton

Matthew Layton, portrait
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science
Bentley Annex 261, Athens Campus

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  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2015

Research Areas

  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Survey Methodology

Courses Taught

  • Politics of Development
  • Latin American Politics
  • Dictatorships and Democracies Around the World
  • Urban Politics
  • Public Opinion, Political Participation, and Protest

Ohio University Affiliations

  • International Development Studies
  • Latin American Studies

About Dr. Layton

Dr. Layton is a scholar of Latin American politics. His research addresses questions related to the broad themes of democratic legitimacy, political representation, and citizen empowerment across Latin America with an emphasis on the Brazilian case. His published work demonstrates how social and institutional context shapes the expression of democratic citizenship using both quantitative and qualitative empirical methodologies. He has published research in top political science and Latin American area studies journals, including American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Research & Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, and Journal of Politics in Latin America.