Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political ScienceCo-director of UGA Study Abroad Program in Stellenbosch, South AfricaProfessor of International Affairs

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Crepaz received his Ph.D. in political science in 1992 from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the effects of formal political institutions on policy outcomes, the effect of immigration on the European welfare state project and identity of Europeans, the impact of globalization on the viability of the state, the logic of comparative analysis, the politics and economics of advanced industrialized democracies, the process of European Union integration, and the effects of parties and interest groups on a wide range of policy outcomes. He teaches classes in comparative methods, research design, determinants of political development, introduction to comparative analysis, and politics and economics of postindustrial societies. As a comparativist, he travels with a purpose in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Taiwan, Cuba, Norway, Denmark, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Iceland, Spain, Japan, Fiji, and many other intriguing locations. Selected book publications include “Trust Beyond Borders” (2008) published by The University of Michigan Press, and “European Democracies”, (9th Edition, 2017) published by Routledge. His recent articles have appeared in journals such as Social Science Quarterly (2016), and Comparative Politics (2016). Dr. Crepaz is the past Head of the Department of International Affairs.

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego 1992, Political Science
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego 1990, Political Science
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University, Ohio 1986, Political Science
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Markus M. L. Crepaz is a Professor of Political Science and the current Head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California, San Diego. He has widely published in the areas of corporatism, the impact of veto points on a variety of political and economic outcomes, Austrian politics, environmental politics, and how political institutions mediate the effects of globalization. More recently he has turned his attention to issues of immigration, identity and the viability of European welfare states. His research is centered on the question whether publics in modern societies are willing to continue funding the welfare state if they perceive that a large percentage of their tax money is going to people who are different from themselves. His latest work is centered on discriminating between types of interpersonal trust, such as primordial and cosmopolitan trust, the relationships between the two and whether they have predictable and systematic impacts on nativism, civicness, political participation, environmental attitudes, and the provision of public goods in general.

His research has appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, and the European Journal of Political Research. His Trust Beyond Borders: Immigration, the Welfare State, and Identity in Modern Societies has been published by The University of Michigan Press in 2008. His best-selling European Politics Textbook, European Democracies, is in the 9th edition and published by Routledge. He has given invited presentations at the Center for European Studies at Harvard, at Aalborg University in Denmark, the University of Lüneburg in Germany, and at the Science Center in Berlin, among many others. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy.

He is the co-director of the UGA Study Abroad Stellenbosch Program in South Africa. Summer 2017 will be the tenth year this program is in existence. This program contains an intensive service learning component in which students are exposed to the daily life of people in a poor South African township and are also active in a school that caters to the children of agricultural workers in rural areas.

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Areas of Expertise
  • Politics of Western Europe
  • The Welfare State
  • Immigration (Europe)
  • Political development
  • Comparative political economy
  • European elections
  • Comparative political institutions
  • Austrian politics and economics
  • Public policy (Europe)
  • Electoral engineering
  • Social Trust and Social Capital
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • University of Georgia Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2017
  • Selected as a CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) Senior Teaching Fellow for 2014-15 academic year
  • Winner of the 2007 School of Public and International Affairs Teaching Award, UGA
  • Member of UGA Teaching Academy
  • CTL Teacher of the Week (October 10, 2016)
Course Instruction
  • INTL 3300 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • INTL 4330 Post-industrial Democracies
  • INTL 4610 Environmental Politics
  • INTL 4660 Politics, Film, and Literature
  • INTL 4320 Politics of Development
  • INTL 6300 Pre-seminar in comparative Politics
  • INTL 7010 Research Design and Methods in Political Science
  • INTL 8310 Politics of Industrialized Democracies
  • INTL 8300 Special Topics in Comparative Politics (Immigration, the Welfare State and Identity in Modern Societies)
  • INTL 8300 The Causes and Consequences of Social Trust and Social Capital
Research Interests
  • European Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Immigration, Trust, and the Welfare State
  • Research Design
  • Political Institutions and their impact on a variety of social outcomes
  • Political Development
Selected Publications


  • Crepaz, Markus M. L. (2017) European Democracies. 9th Edition,  Routledge.
  • Crepaz, Markus M. L. (2008). Trust Beyond Borders: Immigration, the Welfare State and Identity in Modern Societies. The University of Michigan Press.
  • Crepaz, Markus M. L., Tom Kölble, & David Wilsford (eds)(2000).  Democracy and Institutions – The Life Work of Arend Lijphart. The University of Michigan Press.


  • Kolbe, Melanie and Markus M. L. Crepaz (2016). The Power of Citizenship. How Immigrant Incorporation Affects Attitudes Towards Social Benefits. Comparative Politics 49:105-124.
  • Crepaz, Markus M.L., Karen Bodnaruk Jazayeri, & Jon Polk (2016). What’s Trust Got to Do With It? The Effects of In-Group and Out-Group Trust on Conventional and Unconventional Political Participation. Social Science Quarterly: doi:10.1111/ssqu.12271
  • Crepaz, Markus M.L., Ryan Bakker, Jonathan Polk, & Shane Singh (2014). Trust Matters: the Impact of In-Group and Out-Group Trust on Nativism and Civicness. Social Science Quarterly 95: 938-959.
  • Crepaz, Markus M. L. & Regan Damron (2009). Constructing Tolerance: How the Welfare State shapes Attitudes about Immigrants. Comparative Political Studies 42: 437-463.
  • Crepaz, Markus M.L. & Nicole Crepaz (2004). “Is equality good medicine? A curvilinear explanation of the impact of income inequality on longevity”.  Journal of Public Policy 24: 275-298.