Carlos Cunha, Ph.D.

Carlos Cunha
Political Science



Carlos Cunha, Ph.D. in Political Science, is a Professor of Political Science and the Academic Chair of the School of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Research Associate in the Centro de Investigação de Estudos Sociológicos (CIES) at Lisbon University Institute (Instituto Superior de Ciéncias do Trabalho e das Empresas-ISCTE/IUL). He wrote The Portuguese Communist Party’s Strategy for Power, 1921-1986 (Garland, 1992), Culture and Customs of Portugal with co-author Rhonda Cunha (Greenwood, 2010) and has published numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews on various aspects of Portuguese politics, specializing on the use of new media in the nation as well as the Portuguese Communist Party. His degrees, teaching, research, and publishing are all interdisciplinary in nature; and he is fluent in Portuguese, French, Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of Russian.

Dr. Cunha would like to offer you the following regarding his teaching style:

As a “teacher,” although I am a specialist in specific areas of research, my experience has provided me with the opportunity to develop expertise and to instruct in many sub-disciplines of Political Science. Dowling College’s Political Science department emphasizes a considerable degree of versatility to meet all our departmental course requirements. As a result, I have taught a range of classes in the area of Comparative/International Relations, and regularly teach courses outside of those fields. This foundation has strengthened my breadth and understanding of Political Science as a field. The result is that I am able to draw from a broad knowledge-base of different regions and different approaches to demonstrate the interconnectedness and interdisciplinary nature required in understanding the world in which we live. My aim in any course I teach is to create a rich, inquiry-based learning experience for my students with a major emphasis on developing their analytic skills. To maintain a competitive edge in today’s globalized, interdependent world, it is essential that graduates develop the cultural conscience that has been consistently emphasized in Europe and other regions of the world.

Dr. Cunha would like to offer you the following regarding his research:

In my research, I also have broad comparative interests, as documented in my CV, and am regularly asked to participate in forums on Information and Communication Technology/New Media (ICTs/NM) as well as World Communism. I have been regularly nominated by the Portuguese government to be a member of the Management Committee of various four-year, European, research projects (most recently [2012-2016] for the Dynamics of Virtual Work project where I am also a member of two of the four Work Groups).


1980-1987      Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Major: Political Science (Latin American Studies)

Minor: International Relations


1978-1980      M.A., University of Connecticut-Storrs

Major: International Relations

Minor: Comparative Politics


1976-1978      B.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Major: French

Minor: Latin American Studies

  • POL 1001C – Introduction to Political Science
  • POL 1011C - American Government and Politics
  • POL 2100C - Politics and Film
  • POL 2021C - World Politics
  • POL 2022C - Comparative Politics
  • POL 2101C - Modern Political Thought
  • POL 2102C - American Political Thought
  • POL 3124A - West European Politics
  • POL 3125C - American Foreign Policy
  • POL 3127A - Russian Government & Politics
  • POL 3128A - Third World Politics
  • POL 3129C - Politics of the Middle East
  • POL 3133A - Comparative Law
  • POL 3134A - International Law
  • POL 4181A - Seminar on the United Nations
  • POL 4183A - Politics of Latin America
  • POL 4191A - Independent Study
  • POL 4196-8N - Internship in Political Science