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Brian Wampler


Professor, Political Science
Environmental Research Building 5141
(208) 426-2650

Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Courses Spring 2019

  • GLOBAL 499: Capstone Research Seminar
  • POLS 530: State Institutions and Civil Society


Professor Brian Wampler focuses his research and teaching on Brazil and Latin America. Wampler has lived and conducted research in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain.  Wampler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin, and his BA in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his family.

Download Dr. Wampler’s Curriculum Vitae.

Research Interests

New democratic institutions, civil society, diffusion of innovative democratic institutions, human development, participatory budgeting, subnational governance, global cities, Global South, Latin American, Africa.

Dr. Brian Wampler is the author of Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Cooperation, Contestation, and Accountability (Pennsylvania State University Press 2007). In 2009-2010, Wampler was a Fulbright Scholar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, located in Belo Horizonte Brazil. Based on this research Wampler has a forthcoming book, Activating Democracy in Brazil: Popular Participation, Social Justice and Interlocking Institutions (University of Norte Dame press).

Wampler has published extensively on democracy, participation, civil society, and institution building in peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Polity, and Latin American Politics and Society as well as numerous book chapters. Wampler has been awarded research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright program, Ash Center for Democracy at Harvard University, the World Bank, and Boise State University.


Brian Wampler's book image

In Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Contestation, Cooperation, and Accountability, Dr. Wampler draws evidence from eight municipalities in Brazil to show the varying degrees of success and failure Participatory Budgeting (PB) has experienced. He identifies why some PB programs have done better than others in achieving the twin goals of ensuring governmental accountability and empowering citizenship rights for the poor residents of these cities in the quest for greater social justice and a well-functioning democracy.

Selected Papers

More of Dr. Wampler’s publications can be viewed on ScholarWorks.


Dr. Wampler was featured in an interview for a Brazilian newscast.
Prévias republicanas desta terça-feira serão decisivas nos EUA. (Note: Interview is in Portuguese.)

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