Political Science

Britt Cartrite




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!


Charles A. Dana Professor

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

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

Signature course(s):

POL 210: Political Science Statistics; POL 111: Making More Perfect Unions; POL 317: The Politics of Fear and Hate; POL 316: Democracy’s Slow Death

Recent publications:

“Contingent Violence: Arana, Franco, and ETA’s Terrorist Actions in the Basque Country.” In Secessionism and Terrorism: Bombs, Blood and Independence in Europe and Eurasia, edited by Glen Duerr, 37-58.  New York: Routledge, 2019.

“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:

“Politics in the Periphery: Demographic, Geographic, and Economic Determinants of Regional Political Distinctiveness.” Co-authored with Richard Scroggins, undergraduate student at Alma College. International Political Science Association Joint Colloquium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 13, 2019.

“Culture, Geography, Economics, and Political Institutions: the Complex Causes of Regional Political Distinctiveness.”  International Political Science Association’s Ethnicity and Politics Research Committee.  Nicosia, Cyprus, June 25, 2017. 

“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.

Other recent accomplishments:

Awarded the Charles A. Dana chair in 2021.

Received the Barlow Faculty Award in 2016.

I've led

six spring term courses to Scotland (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018).  I also led an Alma College Alumni trip to Scotland in 2013.