Jeff Seward

Jeff Seward

Associate Professor, Politics and Government


UC Box: A165

Office: Marsh Hall 231


PhD at Stanford University

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

Bachelor of Arts at University of Texas, Austin, TX.

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Areas of Research & Specialization

Professor Seward’s 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.

Published Works

Professor Seward was a political reporter and documentary film producer for public television prior to his academic career. During eight years with KAID-TV in Boise, Idaho, and KCTS-TV in Seattle, Washington, he 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 his 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.

Professor Seward's current scholarly projects include

Revising his dissertation manuscript, The Politics of Protectionism: Brazilian Informatics Policy, Regime Change, and State Autonomy, 1971-1992 for publication by Stanford University Press.

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

Preparing two articles on the impact of inequality on modern politics: "Inequality and Actually Existing Democracy" and "A Conservative Defense of Redistributive Equality."

Extracurricular Activities

Professor Seward lives in Portland with his wife Maria, a senior systems analyst for Kaiser Permanente. Their daughter Annamaria is studying at Amherst College in Massachusetts. He loves to travel abroad with his family (recent trips to France, Spain, Brazil, Peru and most recently to Great Britain and Ireland), is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish (and working on French), and is an avid golfer, tennis player, and film buff.

Course Information

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 opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.


HUM 100 Origins, Identity, and Meaning

POLS 209 Ideas in Action

POLS 213 Socialism and Its Critics

POLS 330 National Systems and Global Challenges

POLS 399 Theory and Methadology in Political Science