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Amanda  Beal
Amanda L. Beal Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Director of PP&E Program
Political Science Department
Knott Academic Center, Room 208
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University of Missouri, Political Science, Ph.D. (2009)
Louisiana State University, Political Science, M.A. (2006)
Indiana University, Journalism (Photography and Magazine), B.A. (2002)


The President's Award of Excellence, Mount St. Mary's University, Spring 2011.

The Missouri Excellence in Political Science Teaching Award, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, Spring 2009.

The Edith Taylor Therrien Scholarship, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, Spring 2008.

Research Assistant, Open Society Institute Grant awarded to Jonathan Krieckhaus, Summer 2008-Spring 2009 for Krieckhaus' work "Wall Street and the Ballot Box: Elections, Partisanship, and Portfolio Investment in Developing Countries."


Dr. Amanda Beal came to the Mount in 2009 from the University of Missouri.  She is the creator and Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD and an Associate Professor of Political Science.

Amanda teaches and researches a diversity of topics related to comparative political economy, specifically focusing on social services and well-being in the Americas. She is passionate about and committed to the improvement of programs for students as well as low-income and disadvantaged populations.

Amanda has expertise in social research and assessment as well, including data collection, statistical data analysis, and qualitative analysis techniques.

Amanda is a weekly volunteer at the Frederick Rescue Mission, a faith-based community outreach organization that serves homeless people, indigent families, and men recovering from drug addiction; she regularly travels to research and assess the provision of social program in the Americas and Europe; and she consults for non-profits to improve data collection, assessment, and grant writing.

Areas of Study

Comparative Political Economy (Democracy and Development, Welfare States, Nongovernmental Organizations, Human Development)

Latin America and the Caribbean

Social Science Research Methods

European Politics and Culture



“Resources and Opportunity for Change: Democracy, Labor and the Welfare Effort in Latin America.” Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies 41 (Summer 2016).

(with Maria Sofia) “Aid or Trade? Problems with the UN’s Human Development Figures.” Global Politics. May 3, 2016.

Contributor in “2015 Best and Worst States for Underprivileged Children,” by Richie Bernardo, last modified August 13, 2015,

(with Leah Graham) “Foundations for Change: Rule of Law, Development, and Democratization.” Politics & Policy 42 (2014): 311-345.

“Welfare State Development in Latin America” in Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Ed. Rick Valelly. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013 and 2015.

“Seeing Ourselves from an International Perspective” in Where Justice and Mercy Meet, Eds. Vicki Schieber, Trudy Conway, and David McCarthy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.

(with Jonathan Krieckhaus) “Using Datasets in the Field of Comparative Politics.” In Introduction to Political Research, Eds. James Endersby and Jonathan Krieckhaus. Pearson Publishing, University of Missouri Press (Forthcoming).

Additional Information

Volunteer, Frederick Rescue Mission, Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry, Frederick, MD, Summer 2013 - present.

Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Faculty Development Seminar, Mount St. Mary's University, AY 2011-2012.

Volunteer, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD, AY 2011-2012.

Fides et Ratio Seminars, The Church Fathers, Doctors, Popes and Sacred Art & Music, Seminar I, Thomas More College, Merrimack, New Hampshire, May 2011.

Fides et Ratio Seminars, The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Wyoming Catholic College, Lander, Wyoming, July 2010.

ESL Tutor, The Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, AY 2010-2011.


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