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Carolyn M. Dudek

Professor of Political Science


PHD, 1999, Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh; MA, 1996, Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh; BA, 1993, Canisius Coll


Carolyn M. Dudek, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of European Studies. She specializes in comparative politics with regional focuses in Europe and Latin America. She is the author of EU Accession and Spanish Regional Development: winners and losers, P.I.E., Peter Lang Press, which explores the domestic impact of European Union policies, including agricultural and cohesion policies. In addition, she has published several articles and book chapters on trans-Atlantic agricultural trade and regulatory disparities, Spanish politics, regional nationalism in Europe, European Union regional development policy and EU-Latin American relations.

Professor Dudek has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain and spent a year doing field research in Galicia, Valencia and Madrid. In addition, she was awarded a post-doctoral summer fellowship at Columbia University's European Studies Institute, and prior to coming to Hofstra University, Professor Dudek was a Jean Monnet Fellow in the European Forum research group at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has also been a Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.

Dudek was again awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach a graduate seminar in Spanish on comparative regional integration at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, she was invited to give lectures in Spanish on EU-Latin American relations at other universities in Argentina. During her six-month stay she conducted research concerning EU policies and their impact on EU-Latin American relations.

In addition to Professor Dudek's research she has also engaged in teaching an array of courses such as: Comparative Politics, European Politics, Politics of the European Union, and she has also taught in the interdisciplinary Honor's College Culture and Expression course. In addition to teaching on Hofstra's campus she has also been the director and accompanying faculty for the Hofstra Australia and Prague and Central Europe programs, and an instructor in the Hofstra Venice, Spain and Australia programs.

She was also selected twice to teach in the Semester at Sea program, which is a floating university that circumnavigates the globe. Professor Dudek taught aboard ship and led students on several field trips in ports.

Professor Dudek's current research examines the migrant crisis in the Canary Islands, Spain in 2006-2009 and the current impact of the euro crisis on migration policy in Spain. She frequently writes editorials for Spanish language news outlets.

Teaching Interests

Comparative Politics, Politics of the European Union, Comparative European Politics, Democratic Transition, Regional Integration, Regional Economic Development, Spanish Politics, Issues of Identity/Nationalism, Latin American Politics.

Research Interests

Trans-Atlantic trade and divergent agricultural regulations, Regional Economic Development, European Union-Latin American Relations, Spanish Politics, Decentralization/ Regionalism, Regional Integration, Domestic Effects of Regional Integration, Nationalism.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
PSC 133 POLITICS -EURO UNION Undergraduate
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