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Dr. Anthony Spanakos is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University. Previously, he taught at Tufts University, Manhattanville College, Touro College, among other universities. He was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Brasilia (2002) and the Institute for Advanced Study of Administration in Venezuela (2008), and a Visiting Fellow at the East Asia Institute in Singapore (2009, 2017).

Dr. Spanakos is co-editor of Conceptualising Comparative Politics book series at Routledge. His research has focused on citizenship, democratization, political economy and foreign policy in Latin America and Asia, as well as on using popular culture to teach political philosophy. He is the co-editor of Reforming Brazil (Lexington 2004) and Conceptualising Comparative Politics (Routledge 2015). He is the author of articles published in a number of scholarly journals including Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, New Political Science, and Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, among others.

Research interests

Political economy and democracy in Latin America, foreign policy of rising powers, Sino-Latin American relations, and political theory and popular culture.

Scholarly Interests

Brazil, Venezuela, BRICS
Comparative Politics, Political Economy,
Populism, Democratization, Security
Foreign Policies of Developing Countries
Political Theory and Popular Culture


Comparative politics, international relations, political theory, Latin American politics and political economy.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on political theory and popular culture, Populism, and foreign policies of developing countries.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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