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About Michael Touchton

Dr. Michael Touchton received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Colorado in 2009, and joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Boise State University in 2011. For his dissertation titled "Institutions, Ideology and Credible Commitment: The Rule of Law in Comparative Perspective", he investigated the institutional, historical, and socioeconomic determinants of the rule of law through comparative statistical analysis of 120 countries between 1996-2004. Dr. Touchton's central research interests include: the political economy of credible commitment, investment and development in a comparative setting, and the relationship between states and markets in Latin America.


2011 Assistant Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Political Science

Research Interests

Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics

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Honors and Awards

  • 2006 - Center for Advancement of Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences Collaborative Research Grant, University of Colorado - Dissertation Fieldwork Support
  • 2006 - Beverly Sears Graduate Research Grant - Dissertation Fieldwork Support

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