Steve Wuhs

Assistant Provost for Internationalization, Professor
Political Science

Steve Wuhs

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Science
  • Latin American Politics & Development


Ph.D. 2002 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

M.A. 1997 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

B.A. 1994 Macalester College

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Meet Steve Wuhs

Steve Wuhs is Professor of Political Science at the University of Redlands.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and B.A. in sociology and Spanish at Macalester College.  He is a former fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (at the Technical University of Dresden), the Center for U.S-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.

As a fellow of the AVH Foundation, Wuhs researched how political parties organize themselves differently across a country's territory - taking his earlier research interests in party organization and decision-making and placing them in a spatial context.  His work in eastern Germany, including interviews with party leaders, social movement leaders, and members of civic organizations as well as extensive archival research, grapples with the territorial differences in how parties organize in newly democratized spaces - drawing specifically on the experiences of the Christian Democratic Union across the states and counties of the former GDR.  Initial publications from this work have been presented at the Conference for European Studies and will soon be published in Comparative Politics.

Professor Wuhs was the director of the University of Redlands' exchange program in Salzburg, Austria - a program with more than 50 years of history introducing Redlands students to European history, politics, and culture through in-class studies and extensive group travel.  Its curriculum emphasized Austria's position at the crossroads of Europe, and included program-sponsored travel to Vienna and Budapest, through the Balkan peninsula, and across the former East Germany.  

Degrees held

Ph.D. 2002 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

M.A. 1997 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

B.A. 1994 Macalester College


  • Previous fellowships
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Technical University of Dresden
  • Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego
  • Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City.
  • Research

    Professor Wuhs’s research examines how political parties build and maintain linkages with collective social actors, their members, and voters, with a special eye to how those relationships affect the quality of citizenship - both in his current Germany project and in prior work focused on Mexico.  In his book, Savage Democracy, he examines how the leaders of Mexico's Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) and Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) responded to the competitive pressures of democratization by transforming how they picked their candidates for public office, reworking their central party offices, and designing new ways of linking with organizations from Mexican civil society.   

    He has also published articles on Mexico's PAN and on processes of candidate selection in Mexico and the United States, including articles in American Behavioral Scientist, Party Politics, Journal of Politics, International Studies Review, Election Law Journal and Estudios Mexicanos/Mexican Studies.     

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • The Study of Politics
  • Latin American Politics and Development
  • European Politics and Development
  • Political Change
  • Comparative Parties and Elections
  • Territorial Politics: Mexico and the United States
  • Political Geography
  • Advanced Seminar: Left and Right
  • Advanced Seminar: Comparative Local Politics
  • Capstone in Political Science


Book, "Savage Democracy: Institutional Change and Party Development in Mexico" (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011)