Jeff Seward

Jeff SewardAssociate Professor
Department of Politics and Government

Contact information

Office: Marsh Hall 231
Phone: 503.352.2182
Fax:  503.352.3195


Ph. D.  Stanford University

      (Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship, Brazil)

M.A.  University of Washington

Boise State University

       (secondary teaching certificate)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

       (Woodrow Wilson Fellow)

B.A.  University of Texas at Austin



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. 

Fall 2012 Courses

POLS 209 – Ideas in Action
POLS 330 – National Systems and Global Challenges

HUM 100 – Origins, Identity, and Meaning

Spring 2013 Courses

POLS 213 – Socialism and Its Critics
POLS 399 – Theory and Methodology in Political Science

Publications and Professional Work

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.