Politics and International Relations

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Ann Karreth

Annie (Kryzanek) Karreth joined the Politics and International Relations Department at Ursinus College in the Fall of 2014, after teaching in the undergraduate and master’s program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She earned her doctorate in Political Science and International Studies in 2013 from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Dr. Karreth teaches an array of courses in comparative politics, including courses in African politics as well as political behavior and political economy in developing countries. Her core research focuses on ethnic diversity, political behavior and development outcomes, with a regional emphasis on the African continent. Dr. Karreth has served as a teaching assistant for the Institute for the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan and is affiliated with Democracy in Africa Research Unit in the Center for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town.


Introduction to Comparative Politics
African Politics
The Political Economy of Development
Politics of Poverty and Welfare
Middle East Politics
Research Methods

Research Interests

Sub-Saharan Africa
Political Behavior in New Democracies
Political Economy of Development

Recent Work

Karreth, Ann. The 25 Issues that Shape American Politics: Debates, Differences, and Divisions (with M. Kryzanek). New York: Routledge, 2018.

Karreth, Ann. Forthcoming. “Ethnic Homogeneity and Community Policing: The Surprising Effects of Social Capital in Two Cape Town Neighborhoods.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.

Karreth, Ann. 2018. “Schools of Democracy: How Trade Union Membership Impacts Political Participation in Africa’s Emerging Democracies.” Democratization 25 (1): 158-177.

Karreth, Ann. “African Democracy” in Dispatches from the Trenches: Studies in Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, and International Affairs, edited by Howard J. Wiarda. Lanham MD: Lexington Press, 2014.

Karreth, Ann. “Critical Theories of American Foreign Policy: Gloom, Doom, and Revival” (with Howard J. Wiarda) in The Handbook of American Foreign Policy. London: Routledge, 2011.

Karreth, Ann. “National Endowment for Democracy” (with Michael J. Kryzanek) in Encyclopedia of Human Rights, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Karreth, Ann. “Sociological Approaches: Old and New in Political Sociology” in Grand Theory in the Social Sciences, edited by Howard J. Wiarda. New York, NY: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2010.