Skip to content

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Faculty and Staff Profile

Matthew Rhodes-Purdy

Assistant Professor

Office: 230I Brackett Hall



Vita: View

Educational Background

Ph.D. Government
University of Texas at Austin 2016

BA Political Science
Boise State University 2007

Courses Taught

Populism in Global Perspective
Latin American Politics
Introduction to Comparative Government


Matthew Rhodes-Purdy is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clemson University. His research combines democratic theory with political behaviour to study challenges to contemporary democracies, especially populism and extremism. He focuses on the role strong citizen voice can play in enhancing legitimacy and minimizing antidemocratic, authoritarian, and extremist politics. He is the author of Regime Support Beyond the Balance Sheet (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which showed that strong voice explained paradoxical patterns of regime support in Chile and Venezuela. His work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Political Studies, Democratization, Latin American Research Review, and The Journal of Experimental Political Science.

Research Interests

Populism, political economy and behavior, democratization, regime support, conspiracy theories, race and ethnic politics, emotions

Research Publications

The Age of Discontent, Cambridge University Press (In Press)
Populist Psychology, Journal of Politics
Fear or Loathing? Journal of Race and Ethnic Politics
Regime Support Beyond the Balance Sheet, Cambridge University Press

Honors and Awards

Juan Linz Prize, Best Dissertation Award (Honorable Mention)
Harvard Rockefeller Center, Best Dissertation in Latin American Politics


Curriculum Vitae

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences | 116 Edwards Hall