Eric McLaughlin

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

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Ph.D. Political Science, Indiana University, 2006

B.A. History Tulane University, 2000


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P: 909.748.8347

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • African Politics

  • Electoral Institutions

  • Political Parties

  • Ethnicity and Identity

Professional Background

Eric McLaughlin received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2006 and joined the Redlands faculty in Fall 2008. He taught previously at the University of Illinois and served as a tenure-track faculty member at the University of New Mexico before coming to Redlands. Eric McLaughlin's research focuses on institutions in new democracies and the politics of ethnicity and identity, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. His dissertation analyzed the democratic consequences of language policies designed to accommodate ethnic diversity in South African provinces. He has published articles on various aspects of the South African electoral process and ongoing projects examine the dynamics of party-switching in legislatures and the effect of institutions on "nation-building" in Africa.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • POLI 123 Introduction to World Politics

  • POLI 200 The Study of Politics

  • POLI 202 Statistical Analysis and Mapping of Social Sciences
  • POLI 328 Comparative Politics

  • POLI 362 Playing Politics

  • POLI 400 African Politics

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (2006-7)

  • Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico (2007-8)

  • At Redlands since Fall 2008


McLaughlin, Eric and Steve Wuhs (2019). “Explaining German Electoral Geography: Evidence from the Eastern States.” German Politics and Society 37(1): 1-23.

McLaughlin, Eric S. (2008). "Racial, Ethnic, or Rational Voters? Splitting Tickets in South Africa," Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 35(1), 23-41.

McLaughlin, Eric S. (2007). "Beyond the Racial Census: The Political Salience of Ethno-Linguistic Identities in South Africa," Comparative Political Studies, 40(4), 435-56.

McLaughlin, Eric S., (2006). "Language, Governance, and Democracy in South Africa" In Eds. V.N. Webb and T. du Plessis. The Politics of Language in South Africa. Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik, 118-37.