Mark Deming


I am a Teaching Fellow in the University of Chicago’s Social Sciences Division and Political Science Department during 2020–21. I instruct courses in the Social Sciences Inquiry (SSI) Sequence.

My research examines political regimes and regime transitions, politics in new democracies, and political parties – with an emphasis on Latin America. My book manuscript, “The Strategic Foundations of Authoritarian Successor Parties,” examines why political parties founded by former dictators and their inner circles have sometimes thrived in new democracies. Please see my research page for more information about my research.

I have taught a range of courses in Political and Social Science, including major survey courses such as Introduction to Comparative Politics and Introduction to International Relations. I currently instruct Social Sciences Inquiry II and III, which enable students to become critical consumers of quantitative social science research and begin conducting their own, independent research using statistical techniques and software. Please see my teaching page for a summary of my teaching.

I received my PhD from the University of Chicago’s Political Science Department in August 2020. Prior to my PhD studies, I completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations.