Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
B.A., University of South Carolina Aiken
M.A., Baylor University
M.A., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Andrew Bramsen specializes in comparative politics with regional expertise in North and West Africa. His research agenda focuses on the role of religion in political life, considering religion's impact on political decision-making, party formation, regime change, and democratic life. His dissertation develops a theory of Islamic party formation by process-tracing the political actions of Islamic religious leaders and organizations in Algeria and Mali to argue that Islamic leaders form political parties in Muslim-majority countries when an authoritarian transition to elections gives them a strong incentive to mobilize the opposition and when there is a prior history of indigenous Islamic rule to legitimate their efforts. His recent co-authored article demonstrates that an increase in institutional religion-state connections leads to a decrease in the level of democracy. Andrew comes to Baylor from the University of Notre Dame where he completed his Ph.D. in 2012.
Courses at Baylor:
PSC 3324 World Political Systems
A comparative survey of the world's political systems with special emphasis on political interests, identities and institutions. Systems to be covered include the democracies of Western Europe, North America and the Pacific, the Communist and former Communist states of Eastern Europe and Asia, and the politically developing states of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
PSC 3325 Ethnopolitical Conflict
Examination of a variety of communal and ethnically based conflicts, making use of case studies to explore different kinds of communal grievances and the state interests they oppose, employing a variety of techniques to develop an in-depth understanding of the why and how of ethnopolitical conflict.
PSC 4379 Islam and Democracy
Addresses two topics of immense significance both historically and in our contemporary religious and political experience. After establishing a basic understanding of these two systems, focuses on the conjunction of the two particularly considering two key questions. First, is democracy theoretically compatible with Islam (and vice versa)? Second, has Islam empirically been compatible with democracy?
PSC 4V94 African Politics
Examines the development of African political life, considering changes in political regimes over time, the nature of Africa's economic struggles and the sources of violent conflict, analyzing developments in sub-Saharan Africa as a whole as well as particular case examples.
"Reconceptualizing Church and State: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Separation of Religion and State on Democracy," Politics and Religion, Volume 4, Issue 2 (August 2011), pp. 229-263 (with Robert Brathwaite).
"The Nationalization of American Political Parties, 1880-1896 by Daniel Klinghard," Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Volume 39, Issue 2 (Spring/Summer 2012), pp. 213-216. [Book Review]