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Mahoney Named Fitzgerald Professor in Economics

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August 24, 2009 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- James Mahoney, professor of political science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named the Gerald F. and Marjorie G. Fitzgerald Professor in Economic History.

 Mahoney’s interdisciplinary research focuses on long-run economic and political development in Latin America. He also writes broadly on methodology, including techniques of causal analysis and modes of historical explanation in the social sciences.

He is the author of the prize-winning book “The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America” and the forthcoming book “Colonialism and Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective.” He has written more than 40 articles and he co-edited two books “Comparative-Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences” and “Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power.”

Mahoney has received several awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award. He has been elected chair of major sections in both the American Political Science Association and the American Sociological Association.

At Northwestern, he has served as the field chair in comparative politics for the political science department, on the graduate admissions committee and as the director of the graduate program in comparative-historical social science.

Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2005, Mahoney was an assistant and associate professor at Brown University.

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