Chappell Lawson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT. Professor Lawson’s major interests are Latin American politics, Mexican politics, democratization, political communication, political behavior, and U.S. foreign policy. His current research focuses on the relationship between citizens’ political skills and the quality of democracy across a range of countries.
Professor Lawson’s recent articles have appeared or are forthcoming in ?British Journal of Political Science?, ?Latin American Research Review?, ?Mexican Studies?, ?Journal of Democracy?, and ?Foreign Affairs?.
Professor Lawson was a National Fellow at The Hoover Institution, Stanford University (2002-2003) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at the University of California, San Diego (1998-99). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1999. Before joining the MIT faculty, he served as a Director of Inter-American Affairs on the National Security Council.