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Paul Manuel Distinguished Scholar in Residence Department of Government

Ph. D., Government, Georgetown University
M.T.S., Religion and Politics, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
B.A./ M.A., Political Science & International Relations, Boston University


Paul Christopher Manuel is the director of the SPA Leadership Program. He is also the Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Department of Government.

Manuel is the author or co-author of ten books and numerous articles. His research addresses issues related to comparative democratization, comparative public policy, and the relationship between religion and politics, with an emphasis on Portugal. Publications include Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare: Associational Life and Religion in Contemporary Western Europe,, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) The Path of American Public Policy: Comparative Perspectives (Lexington, 2014), The Catholic Church and the Nation-State: Comparative Perspectives (Georgetown University Press, 2006) and The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Portugal (Praeger, 1996). An article, “Clericalism, Anti-Clericalism and Democratization in Portugal and Spain,” appeared in Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective and was published by the Cambridge University Press.

A Massachusetts native, Manuel holds a PhD in government from Georgetown University, an MTS from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, an MA in International Relations from Boston University, and a BA in Political Science from Boston University. He has also studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, and the University of Coimbra and the University of Lisbon, both in Portugal.

Manuel holds a research fellow appointment at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He is also a local affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where he co-chaired the Iberian Studies Group. He has received Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities research grants. Dr. Manuel has served on National Selection Committee for the graduate Fulbright program in Spain and Portugal. He serves on the Executive Council of the New England Political Science Association.

Manuel founded and directed the Institute for Leadership Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD, and, before that, he co-founded and served as the executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He was a tenured professor of politics at both institutions. Dr. Manuel received the Saint Anselm College President’s Award in 2006.

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