Academics

Britt Cartrite

Title

Professor and Associate Provost

Discipline

Political Science

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado (2003)
  • M.A., University of Colorado (2000)
  • M.A., University of Denver (1999)
  • B.A., University of Denver (1997)

I am...

passionate about working alongside students to better understand and explain the world.  I am constantly trying new techniques, learning new tools, and exploring new dynamics and places and try to infect those around me with my excitement about the world!

Rank

Professor

My career at Alma began in

2005

I'm an expert in

comparative politics, ethnopolitical mobilization, regionalism, quantitative methods, and Western European politics.

Signature course(s):

POL 380: International Political Economy; POL 380: Politics of Fear and Hate; POL 280: Democracy’s Slow Death; POL 111: Introduction to Comparative Politics; POL 215: Making and Breaking Nations; POL 115/315: Scottish Identity and Politics (travel spring term)

Recent publications:

“Determinants of Regional Political Distinctiveness.”  With Dan Miodownik.  Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 2016.  22(2): 119-148.

“The impact of the Scottish independence referendum on ethnoregionalist movements in the British Isles.”  Commonwealth & Comparative Politics.  2012. 50(4): 512-534.

“Who is doing what, where, and how in the study of ethnicity and politics.” With Dan Miodownik.  In The Study of Ethnicity and Politics: Recent Analytical Developments, edited by Adrian Guelke, Jean Tournon, 143-156. Berlin: Barbara Budrich, 2012.

“’New’ Nations in ‘Old’ Europe: Ethnogenesis and Ethnopolitical Mobilisation in the Shetland and Orkney Islands of Scotland.” In Minority Politics Within the Europe of Regions, edited by Istvan Horvath and Marton Tonk, 21-36. Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Scientia, 2011.

Recent presentations:

“The Interaction Between Linguistic Distinctiveness, Peripherality, and Political Institutions on Regional Political Distinctiveness.”  Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2017.

“Regional Political Distinctiveness in Europe.”  International Political Science Association World Congress, Poznan, Poland, July 22, 2016.

“Regional Political Distinctiveness in Europe.”  Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, April 7, 2016.

“Determinants of Regional Political Distinctiveness.”  With Dan Miodownik.  International Political Science Association’s Ethnicity and Politics Research Group.  Edinburgh, UK, September 10, 2015.

Other recent accomplishments:

Received the Barlow Faculty Award in 2016.

I've led

five spring term courses to Scotland (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016).  I also led an Alma College Alumni trip to Scotland in 2013.