Tyler Dickovick Professor of Politics

Tyler Dickovick

Curriculum Vitae
On leave full year 2018-19

J. Tyler Dickovick is the Grigsby Term Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He conducts research on African and Latin American politics, with a focus on decentralization, federalism, and local governance. He is the author of Decentralization and Recentralization in the Developing World: Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America (2011, Penn State University Press) and co-editor of Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox of State Strength (2014, Lynne Rienner Publications). He has published articles in journals such as Public Administration and Development, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, The Journal of Modern African Studies, and Latin American Research Review. His current research focuses on the comparative causes and consequences of decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Dickovick has authored numerous research reports and studies on decentralization and democratic local governance for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as research reports for the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, and United Nations University. His work has taken him to Brazil, Peru, and numerous African countries, including Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, and South Africa. Prior to his graduate studies, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo from 1995 to 1997.

He is a co-author, with Professor Jonathan Eastwood (Dept. of Sociology, Washington and Lee) of a textbook, Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases (Oxford University Press, 2012, 2nd ed. 2015, 3rd ed. 2018). The text offers a new model for introductory courses in comparative politics. It addresses major questions in the field by combining several pedagogical features that enhance students’ critical thinking: surveys of major theoretical approaches; synopses of major works in comparative politics; an accessible approach to social science methods; and a set of country case materials for testing hypotheses. This text has two accompanying readers, both from Oxford University Press: Current Debates in Comparative Politics (2014, 2nd ed. 2018) and Comparative Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2016).


Ph.D. in public affairs, Princeton University (2004)

M.A. in public affairs, Princeton University (2002)

M.P.A., Princeton University (2000)

B.Sc. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania (1995)

B.A. in International Relations, University of Pennsylvania (1995)


African politics, Latin American politics, decentralization, federalism, local governance, and international development.


International Development, International Political Economy, Latin American Politics, Comparative Political Analysis, African Politics (Spring Term Abroad programs in Senegal and Ghana), Global Politics, and Applied Statistics.