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Amanda  Beal
Amanda L. Beal Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Political Science Department
Knott Academic Center, Room 208
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Ph.D., University of Missouri (2009)
M.A., Louisiana State University (2006)
B.A., Indiana University (2002)


Reviewer, Political Research Quarterly, Sage Publications, May 2013.

Invited Speaker, "Social Justice and Service", St. John's the Evangelist Church, Frederick, MD, 24 April 2013.

"Faculty Research Focuses on Community Development." News and Events, Mount St. Mary's University (2012).

"Interdisciplinary Faculty Study Circle." The Institute for Leadership, Mount St. Mary's University (2012).

Invited Speaker, "Arab Spring Regional Symposium," U.S. Army War College Annual Conference, Carlisle, PA, January 2012.

The President's Award of Excellence, Mount St. Mary's University, AY 2010-2011.

The Missouri Excellence in Political Science Teaching Award, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, Spring 2009.

The Edith Taylor Therrien Scholarship, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, Spring 2008.

Research Assistant, Open Society Institute Grant awarded to Jonathan Krieckhaus, Summer 2008-Spring 2009 for Krieckhaus' work "Wall Street and the Ballot Box: Elections, Partisanship, and Portfolio Investment in Developing Countries."


Dr. Beal came to the Mount in 2009 from the University of Missouri. She teaches a diversity of courses in Comparative Politics, Research Methods and the Veritas Core Curriculum, especially in the Global Encounters program. She is a member of the University Honors Program Committee, a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for The Mount Office of National Fellowships and the Official University Representative for the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Dr. Beal highly values research, including student research initiatives and, therefore, regularly serves as a mentor for student projects. She has recently undertaken a field research project on approaches to development in Costa Rica and Paraguay and is currently mentoring a field-based student Honors project on Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica. Dr. Beal is also committed to community involvement and outreach. She lives in Frederick, Maryland where she is an active member of St. John's Catholic Church; an owner of the Common Market, Frederick's food cooperative; and a volunteer at the Frederick Rescue Mission, a faith-based community outreach organization.

Areas of Study

The Political Economy of Development, including Theories of Development, Foreign Aid, Non-Governmental Organizations, Conceptions of Human Development, Comparative Welfare States and Democracy and Development; Latin American Politics and Culture; and Research Methods.


"Welfare State Development in Latin America" in Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Ed. Rick Valelly. New York: Oxford University Press (2013).

"Seeing Ourselves from an International Perspective" in Where Justice and Mercy Meet, Eds. Vicki Schieber, Trudy Conway, and David McCarthy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press (2013).

(with Jonathan Krieckhaus) "Using Datasets in the Field of Comparative Politics." In Introduction to Political Research, Eds. James Endersby and Jonathan Krieckhaus. (Pearson, Forthcoming).

Research Projects and Grants
"Democracy, Labor and Social Spending in Latin America." (under review).

(with Leah Graham) "Foundations for Change: The Effect of Property Rights on Development and Democracy." (under review).

Summer Faculty Development Grant, Mount St. Mary's University, Summer 2012. For "Development Economics and Authentic Human Development". (Manuscript in progress)

(with Leah Graham) "Democracy Revisited: Universal v Precondition Approaches." (Review Article in Progress)

Additional Information

Volunteer, Frederick Rescue Mission, Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry, Frederick, MD, Summer 2013 - present.

Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Faculty Development Seminar, Mount St. Mary's University, AY 2011-2012.

Volunteer, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD, AY 2011-2012.

Fides et Ratio Seminars, The Church Fathers, Doctors, Popes and Sacred Art & Music, Seminar I, Thomas More College, Merrimack, New Hampshire, May 2011.

Fides et Ratio Seminars, The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Wyoming Catholic College, Lander, Wyoming, July 2010.

ESL Tutor, The Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, AY 2010-2011.


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