Thomas J. Mustillo
Promoted to Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Thomas Mustillo received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a specialization in comparative politics, his research focuses on political parties and party systems, especially in new democracies.
Mustillo is particularly interested in party systems that appear to be profoundly chaotic. He asks: What incentives drive politicians and parties in those systems? What are the apparent coordination and cooperation failures? What are the sources of those failures? Other areas of his research agenda include democracy and democratization, and social policy.
He has traveled and researched in Ecuador, Haiti, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Chile. He has been published in the Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, and International Journal of Social Research Methodology.