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Dr. Frederic Schaffer

Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Frederic Schaffer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches comparative politics and language-focused methods. He also teaches ethnographic interviewing at the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research in Syracuse, New York.

He is a board member and past chair of the Committee on Concepts and Methods of the International Political Science Association and executive board member of the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods group of the American Political Science Association.

Among his publications are Democracy in Translation: Understanding Politics in an Unfamiliar Culture (1998), Elections for Sale: The Causes and Consequences of Vote Buying (2007), The Hidden Costs of Clean Election Reform (2008), and Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide (2016). He is currently writing a conceptual history of “the voter.”

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