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Kirk Hawkins



I teach comparative politics with an emphasis on Latin America. My current research focuses on political organization and populism, and I direct Team Populism, a global scholarly network studying populism's causes and consequences. Projects include the creation of a global populism dataset, experimental research on populism's rhetorical mechanisms, and the mitigation of populism's negative consequences for society.


  • Ph.D. from Duke University, 2003
  • M.A. from Brigham Young University, 1995
  • B.A. from Brigham Young University, 1993


  • Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award from BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Science,

Professional Affiliations

  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • European Consortium for Political Research
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association


Hawkins, K. (2019). The Ideational Approach: Routledge Handbook of Global Populism. Abingdon: Routledge.