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James Conran

Assistant Professor
German & Scandinavian, Political Science
Phone: 541-346-8976
Office: 911 PLC
Office Hours: S23 - Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Research Interests: Comparative politics, European politics, political economy


PhD in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017)

MSc in Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science (2008)

BA (International) in History and Politics, University College, Dublin (2006)


My research areas are comparative and international political economy and political sociology, with a particular focus on the developed democracies. I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my doctoral thesis, in which I examine the political economy of working time and how this shapes contemporary class and gender inequalities as well as the politics of redistribution, with a special focus on three cases: France, Germany and the United States. My research has been supported by, among others, the Center for European Studies at Harvard, the National University of Ireland and the Embassy of France in the United States.

I received my PhD in 2017 from the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I previously received a BA (International) in History and Politics from University College, Dublin and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.

I am on leave for the current academic year (2017-18), during which I am based at the European Union Program at Princeton University.


2022. "China's Growth Models in Comparative and Internationnal Perspective" (with Yeling Tan). in Diminishing Returns: The New Politics of Growth and Stagnation, eds. Mark Blyth, Jonas Pontusson and Lucio Baccaro. Oxford University Press.

2016. "Institutional Change" (with Kathleen Thelen). In The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, eds. Orfeo Fioretos, Tulia G. Faleti and Adam Sheingate. Oxford University Press.

2016. "What the heck just happened in Ireland's election?" Washington Post/Monkey Cage.