Jeff Seward, PhD

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At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline. My broad teaching interests include comparative politics (with a special emphasis on Brazil and Latin America), political philosophy, political economy, and politics in literature and film.

Fall 2014 Courses
POLS 209 - Ideas in Action
POLS 330 - National Systems and Global Challenges
POLS/PH 255/355 - Comparative Politics of Health Care

Spring 2015 Courses
POLS 212 - Conservatism and Its Critics
POLS 241 - Latin America II: Independence to the Present

Other courses that I regularly teach include:

  • POLS 180 - The US in World Affairs
  • POLS 213 - Socialism and Its Critics
  • POLS 221 - Politics in Literature and Film
  • POLS/HIST 239 - Latin America I: Conquest to Independence
  • POLS 241 - Latin America II: Independence to the Present
  • POLS 310 - Markets, Politics, and Justice
  • POLS 331 - Modern Dictatorship


PhD at Stanford University (Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship, Brazil)

Master of Arts at University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

Secondary Teaching Certificate at Boise State University

Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts at University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Scholarship and Professional Work

I was a political reporter and documentary film producer for public television prior to my academic career. At KAID-TV in Boise, Idaho, and KCTS-TV in Seattle, Wash., I covered five sessions of the Idaho Legislature and one session of the Washington Legislature, interviewed dozens of major state and national political figures, and produced numerous film and video documentaries on major public affairs issues. Two of my documentaries received national recognition:

A Place in the Sun, a half-hour film analyzing a major UN conference on global development held in Seattle, was honored for outstanding local coverage of economic issues by the Economic Broadcasters Association.

In the Best of Times, a half-hour film analyzing the problem of African-American youth unemployment in Seattle, aired nationally on the Jim Lehrer-hosted "US Chronicles" series, was named best local production on economic issues by the Economic Broadcasters Association, and was nominated for a national Emmy for outstanding local public affairs programming by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Current Scholarly Projects

Revising my dissertation manuscript, The Politics of Protectionism: Brazilian Informatics Policy, Regime Change, and State Autonomy, 1971-1992 for publication by an academic press.

Presented paper, "Inequality and Actually Existing Democracy: A New Framework of Analysis," at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association (September 2011) and Western Political Science Association (April 2012) meetings.

Presented paper, "State Autonomy and Varieties of Capitalism," at the Western Political Science Association meeting (April 2014)

Production of an hour-long video documentary on a group of women who were pioneers in the computer science professions in Peru, The Grasshopper Women: A Peruvian Tale of Globalization.

Extracurricular Activities

I live in Portland with my wife Maria, a senior systems analyst for Kaiser Permanente. Our daughter Annamaria is a 2014 graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts. I love to travel abroad with my family (trips since 2000 to France, Spain, Peru, Great Britain and Ireland, with a trip to Uruguay in the works for January 2015). I'm fluent in Portuguese and Spanish (and working on French), and am an avid golfer, tennis player, and film buff.

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Marsh Hall 231 (Forest Grove)
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