Jeff Seward, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box: 
Marsh Hall 231 (Forest Grove)
Areas I Teach: 


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 2017

POLS 255 | The Populist Challenge to Democracy

POLS 310 | Markets, Politics, and Justice

POLS 331 | Modern Dictatorship

Winter 2018

POLS 221 | Politics in Literature and Film: Fascism and Communism


Other courses that I regularly teach include:

  • POLS 209 | Ideas in Action
  • POLS 212 | Conservatism and Its Critics
  • POLS 241 | Latin America II: Independence to the Present 
  • POLS 330 | National Systems and Global Challenges



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 received national Emmy recognition for "Community Service Award" by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Current Scholarly Projects

The Politics of Capitalist Transformation: Brazilian Informatics Policy, Regime Change, and State Autonomy, Routledge Press (2017). For more information.

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, Ireland, Uruguay, and Argentina). I'm fluent in Portuguese and Spanish (and working on French), and am an avid golfer, tennis player, and film buff.