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Sam Maynard

Sam Maynard

Research topic:
Political Party Survival/Revival in Latin America; Argentine Politics
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Government Democracy and Democratisation Political Parties Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

I am a doctoral candidate at Mansfield College under the supervision of Dr. Ezequiel González-Ocantos. My research interests include democratization, political parties, and political institutions in Latin America. I have a special focus in politics in Argentina and have conducted fieldwork as well as organized academically-sponsored trips to Buenos Aires on numerous occasions. I hold a BA in Political Science (honors) from Monmouth University in New Jersey and an MA in Government (distinction) from Georgetown University. I am also a research assistant for the Oxford Internet Institute's Computational Propaganda Project, which observes elections tampering by AI, Bots, and social media in Latin America.


My doctoral thesis explores how political parties in Latin America revive after severe organizational crisis using evidence from Argentina. It seeks to answer in particular, how parties rebuild inroads to national governance in the wake of their collapse. In contrast to prevailing knowledge that assumes parties collapse permanently, it argues that alliance-building can be a vital tool for party survival, and even help them recover their political fortunes.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Michaelmas Term 2018:

Latin American Politics Tutorial


Teaching interests:

Latin American Politics

Comparative government

Democratic Transitions


Mansfield College Travel Grant, 2017-18



"Populism or Popular Authoritarianism? Explaining the Latin American Left's Authoritarian Behavior." Journal of Politics and International Affairs 18, (Spring 2016): 8-22.

"Democratization Under the Gun: Military Regimes, Democratic Transitions, and Political Institutions in the Southern Cone." Critique (Fall 2016): 141-166.

"Chaos, Pure and Simple: Examining the Complexities of the 2001 Economic Crisis in Argentina." Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations 15, (Spring 2013): 150-165. (Co-authored)


Working Papers:

“News and Political Information Consumption in Mexico: Mapping the 2018 Presidential Election on Twitter and Facebook.” 29 June 2018. (Co-Authored as part of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Project, comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/research/working-papers/mexico2018/).


Online Publications:

“Macri and Macron: Why the Argentine and French Presidents Share More Than Their Surnames.” Published by the London School of Economics European Politics and Policy Blog (Co-authored with Ilona Lahdelma, Oxford). 31 May 2018. (blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/05/31/macri-and-macron-why-the-argentine- and-french-presidents-share-more-than-their-surnames/).

"Argentina's Midterm Elections: A Forecast." 21 October 2017. Published by the Oxford University Politics Blog. (https://blog.politics.ox.ac.uk/argentinas-midterm-elections-forecast/).



Review of The Argentine Silent Majority: Middle Classes, Politics, Violence, and Memory in the Seventies by Sebastián Carassai. The Latin Americanist 59, no. 3 (2015): 101-103.

Conference Papers and Presentations

“Collective Action and Party Fragmentation: Opposition Politics in Argentina.” Paper prepared for the Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK, April 7-8, 2016.

“A Modi-fied India: Promises and Portends of Democracy and Development Amidst an Uncertain Glory.” Paper prepared for the International Studies Association Northeast Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 7-8, 2014. (Co-authored with Dr. Rekha Datta, Monmouth University and Dylan Maynard, NYU).

“Political Economy of Post-Crisis Governance in Argentina, Menem versus Kirchner(s).” Paper prepared for the North Eastern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 14-17, 2013. (Co-authored with Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, Monmouth University).

“An Argentine Experience: The Importance of Travel and Cultural Emersion.” Institute for Global Understanding, Monmouth University, April 11, 2013.

“Argentina’s 2001 Economic Crisis: Comparing International and Domestic Schools of Thought.” Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University (NJ), February 22, 2013.