Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Curriculum Coordinator, Honors College Foundation Sequence
Faculty Fellowships Coordinator, Office of international Programs
Kevin Deegan-Krause teaches political science at Wayne State University
Kevin Deegan-Krause is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research focuses on political parties and democracy in Europe with emphasis on Europe’s newer democracies and its newer parties. His newest book, co-authored with Dr. Timothy Haughton of the University of Birmingham, is The New Party Challenge: Changing Cycles of Party Birth Death in Central Europe and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2020)
Long (Academic Version):
Kevin Deegan-Krause is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. He received a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. His research in comparative politics emphasizes European politics, political parties, democratic institutions and national identity. His first book, Elected Affinities: Democracy and Party Competition in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, was published by Stanford University Press in 2006. The Structure of Political Competition in Western Europe, co-edited with Zsolt Enyedi, appeared in 2010, published both as a Routledge book and a special issue of West European Politics, and he edited a special section of East European Politics and Societies on Political Parties in Eastern Europe. From 2011 to 2016 he served co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research’s Political Data Yearbook with responsibility for overseeing the digitization of the yearbook and its development as an interactive data-driven website. His other publications include a chapter on “New Dimensions of Political Cleavage” in the Oxford Handbook of Political Science (Oxford University Press 2007) as well as articles in the British Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, the Journal of Democracy, East European Politics and Societies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Politics and Policy, East European Politics and chapters in a variety of edited volumes. He is the recipient of the Truman and Fulbright Scholarships as well as of IREX Individual Advanced Research Grants. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State on the politics of central Europe. His ongoing research focuses on the emergence of new political parties and the transformation of established ones, the first phase of which appears in The New Party Challenge: Cycles of Party Birth and Death in Central Europe and Beyond (Oxford University Press, December 2020) written with Dr. Tim Haughton of the University of Birmingham.
Long (Non-Academic Version):
Kevin Deegan-Krause is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Georgetown University in 1990 and a his doctorate in Government from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. He has spent more than two decades studying how political parties compete against one another, and how that competition shapes what happens in a democracy. He has published the what he learned from research on European political parties in several books book (Elected Affinities: Democracy and Party Competition in Slovakia and the Czech Republic published by Stanford University Press in 2006 and The New Party Challenge: Changing Cycles of Party Birth and Death in Central Europe and Beyond, published by Oxford University Press in 2020) and many articles in political science journals and he has been the editor of several other books and the European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook (politicaldatayearbook.com) which provides an annual summary of political developments in European, North American and Asian democracies. His ongoing research focuses on the emergence of new political parties and the transformation of existing ones.
Together with his wife Bridget and his children Elena and Peter, Kevin is also engaged in his local community of Ferndale, Michigan, and in broader public concerns. He received a Truman Scholarship for public service in 1988, and his commitment to public service has included work with the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Commission, election observation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as service on Ferndale's elected Library Board and School Board. He has also worked with many other local voluntary organizations and nonpartisan advocacy groups including promoting fair district boundaries with Voters Not Politicians and encouraging ranked-choice voting with RankMIVote. His commitment to voter turnout and other forms of civic engagement is also part of his classroom teaching, including his introductory courses on the city of Detroit and engaged citizenship for students in Wayne State University's Honors College.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Comparative Politics
- Political Institutions
- Political Parties
- European Politics
- PhD (Government and International Relations), University of Notre Dame 2000
- Bachelor of Arts (Major in Economics, Minor in History), Georgetown University, 1990
- In process: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Graphic Design), Wayne State University, expected some time in the 2020s
In Winter 2021:
PS1010: Introduction to American Government (Honors Section, "Strategies for Citizens")
PS3710: Politics of Western Europe