John D. Stephens

University of North Carolina

John D. Stephens holds the position of Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed his B.A. at Harvard University in 1970 and obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1976. Stephens is widely recognized for his expertise in comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on Europe, the Antipodes, Latin America, and the Caribbean. His notable works include “The Transition from Capitalism to Socialism” (1979) and “Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America” (2012), co-authored with Evelyne Huber. Stephens’ research has been published in esteemed journals such as “The American Political Science Review” and “American Sociological Review”. Furthermore, he is Director of the Center for European Studies, a Jean Monet Center of Excellence.