Taylor C. Boas
Department of Political Science
Boston University
232 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215


  I am Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston University. My research examines electoral politics and political behavior in Latin America, focusing on topics such as accountability, campaigns, religion, and the mass media. I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and have been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. During the 2017-18 academic year I will be on leave from BU as a Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

My book Presidential Campaigns in Latin America: Electoral Strategies and Success Contagion was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. My next book project is tentatively entitled Serving God and Man: Evangelicals and Electoral Politics in Latin America. With F. Daniel Hidalgo and Marcus Melo, I recently completed a field experiment, "Accountability and Incumbent Performance in the Brazilian Northeast."

Curriculum Vitae

Course syllabi:
PO 325: Campaigns and Elections Around the World (Spring 2017)
PO 751: Field Seminar in Comparative Politics (Spring 2017)
PO 151: Introduction to Comparative Politics (Fall 2016)
PO 841: Quantitative Research Methods (Fall 2016)
PO 903: Research Workshop (Spring 2016)
PO 561: Latin American Political Parties (Spring 2016)


Papers and Publications

Information and Electoral Accountability

Religion in Latin America: Political Strategy, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior


Campaigns in Latin America: Strategy, Finance, and Effects on Voting Behavior


Mass Media in Latin America: Political Control and Effects on Voting Behavior


Methodology and Concept Analysis


The Internet in Developing Countries and Authoritarian Regimes

This was my first research area, and the focus of my work while at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.