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Nigel Boyle, PhD
Associate Dean for Global and Local Programs
Director, Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS)
IGLAS Chair in Political Studies

Nigel Boyle PhD

    With Pitzer Since: 1992
    Field Group: Political Studies
    Campus Address: Fletcher Hall 202
    Phone: 909.607.3770
    Campus email:

    Ph.D., Duke University
    B.A., Liverpool University

Research Interests:

Comparative politics, European social policy, labor market policy, Irish politics, soccer and politics

Recent Courses:

Comparative Politics (POST30)
European Politics (POST110)
Immigrants, Citizenship, and Nationalism in the European Union (POST113)
Rival Modes of Capitalism in Europe (POST115)
Irish Politics (POST117)
Welfare State in Comparative Perspective (POST183)
International Studies Research Workshop (POST194a)
International Studies Teaching Workshop (POST194b)

Selected Publications:

“Coaxing Fulbright Applications from Non-traditional Students,” Fulbright Program Adviser Newsletter (June 2011).

“Die vielen Gesichter aktivierender Arbeitsmarktpolitik – Deutschlands Hartz-Reformen im europäischen Vergleich” (The Different Faces of Welfare-to-Work Policy – Germany’s Hartz Activation in Comparative European Perspective), Sozialer Fortschritt (German Review of Social Policy), vol. 60, no. 9 (2011). With Wolf Schünemann.

“What Soccer Teaches Us About Europe, and What European Studies Teaches Us About Soccer,” Connections: European Studies Annual Review, vol. 7 (2011).

“The Malleable Politics of Welfare-to-Work Reform: Germany’s ‘Hartz’ Activation Compared with the Dutch, British and Irish Cases.” American Consortium on European Studies Cases Series, no. 1 (2009). With Wolf Schünemann.

“Shared Mental Models and Active Labor Market Policy in Britain and Ireland: Ideational Coalitions and Divergent Policy Trajectories” in Ravi K. Roy, Arthur Denzau, and Thomas D. Willett, eds. Neoliberalism: National and Regional Experiments with Global Ideas. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Crafting Change: Labor Market Policy under Margaret Thatcher. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 2007.

FÁS and Active Labour Market Policy 1985-2004. Dublin: The Policy Institute, 2005.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

"The German Hartz Reforms in Comparative Perspective," paper delivered at Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, October 20, 2011.

“Crony Socialism: Fianna Fáil  and FÁS 1987-2011,” paper presented at the Southern California Irish Studies Colloquium (SCISC), University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, October 29, 2011.

“Through a Soccer Prism: What World Cup and Champions League Soccer Teaches Us about Contemporary Europe,” Keynote Speech, Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium, Salt Lake City, UT, October 23, 2010.

"The Malleable Politics of Activation Reform: The German 'Hartz' Reforms in Comparative Perspective," paper presented at the European Union Studies Association 11th Biennial International Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 2009. With Wolf Schünemann.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Germany to conduct research on the Hartz labor market reforms, Universität Koblenz-Landau (Landau campus), 2008-2009.

Research Associate, The Policy Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, 2005-present.

CISEP Grants, multiple grants totaling $2 million (including European Commission Grants), 2000-2007.

Visiting Research Fellow, The Policy Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 2003-2004.

Avery Foundation Fellow (summer in China “Watching the Chinese watch the World Cup”), 2002.

Elected Student Marshall by Graduating Seniors, 1999 and 2000. Faculty Marshall for 2005.

Additional Information

Video: Meet Professor Nigel Boyle
Video: Fulbright Fellowship Spotlight
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website