Dr. Walter C. Opello, Jr.

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Opello received his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He teaches classes on European politics, African politics, and global security issues. His research interests include political violence and the development of the state system. Among his publications are The Nation-State and Global Order (co-authored with Stephen J. Rosow), now in its second edition; Portugal: From Monarchy to Pluralist Democracy; and Portugal's Political Development. Professor Opello's latest book, European Politics: The Making of Democratic States, is co-authored with Katherine A. R. Opello.

Other Publications

Book Chapters

"The Nation-State" in Martin Griffiths (ed.) Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics, London: Routledge, 2005.

"International Relations Research on Portugal" in Ida S. Wiarda (ed.), Handbook of Portuguese Studies, New York/Westport, CT/London: Greenwood Press, 2000: 323-367.

"Portuguese Revolution (1974)" in Jack A. Goldstone (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1998.

"Portugal" in Vincent McHale (ed.) Political Parties in Europe (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983).

"The Continuing Impact of the Old Regime on Portuguese Political Culture" in Lawrence S. Graham and Douglas Wheeler (eds.) In Search of Modern Portugal: The Revolution and Its Consequences (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982).

Journal Articles

"State Making and Democracy in Portugal," Portuguese Studies Review 7 (Fall 1998): 54 - 69.

"Portuguese Regionalism in the Transition from the Estado Novo to the Single Market," Journal of Regional Policy and Planning 2 (Spring-Summer 1992): 163 - 187.

"Portugal's Parliament: An Organizational Analysis of Legislative Performance," Legislative Studies Quarterly 11 (August, 1986): 291-319.

"Social Origins and Political Attitudes of Portugal's Administrative Elite," West European Politics 6 (January, 1983): 63-74.

"Local Government and Political Culture in a Portuguese Rural County," Comparative Politics 13 (April 1981): 271-289

"Pluralism and Elite Conflict in an Independence Movement: FRELIMO in the 1960's," Journal of Southern African Studies 2 (October, 1975): 68-84.

Courses Taught

POL 307, European Politics
POL 327, African Politics
POL 359, Nation-State and Global Order
POL 369, Terrorism and Political Violence
POL 379, War, Technology, and the State