Marcus Kreuzer

Professor of Political Science at Villanova University

I have been teaching at Villanova University located on the outskirts of Philadelphia. I offer courses on populism, globalization, democratization, as well as a wide range of methods courses. I enjoy fostering students' curiosity, developing their research skills, and showing them how their training serves them to better understand the ever more complex world they face. In short, I try to keep the gifts of a liberal arts education alive and contribute to Villanova's commitment offering a holistic education. I also regularly offer graduate modules on comparative historical analysis (CHA) at the IQMR, ECPR, and MethodsNet methods schools.

My research is motivated by intersecting methodological and substantive interests. Methodologically, I am working process tracing, description, theorizing and above all comparative historical analysis. I am particularly interested in how our conceptualization of time and history shapes our theoretical and methodological choices. Substantively, I have worked on the historical origins of electoral systems, parliamentarism,  and party systems in Western and Eastern Europe. More recently, I have become interested in how economic inequalities generated by free market economies and political equalities promised by democracy have contribute to repeated populist surges since the late 19th century. 

Department of Political ScienceVillanova University800 Lancaster AvenueVillanova, PA 19085, USA

The Grammar of Time. A Toolkit for Comparative Historical Analysis is the result of my longstanding effort to place comparative historical analysis (CHA) on a firmer methodological footing and counter the longstanding misperception that social and historical inquiry belong to two, largely incompatible methodological cultures. This misperception rest on ignoring the role that time and history play in shaping our theoretical frames and methodological tools. The book explicates from a wide range of literatures a grammar of time that guides comparative historical analysis' problem driven social inquiry.  It offers the first systematic synthesis of the tools used in the various CHA literatures. These literatures include historical sociology, economic history, historical institutionalism, Austrian economics, IR constructivism, global history, post-colonial studies, American Political Development, or any other historically informed social science literature. 


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