Ryan Saylor - Faculty & Adjuncts

Ryan Saylor, PhD

Ryan Saylor
Ryan Saylor, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Political Science
918-631-2821 Website Chapman Hall Room 208


PhD – University of Virginia MA – University of Virginia BS – Miami University BA – Miami University


Ryan Saylor's research interests include state building and political development; politics in Africa and Latin America; and research methodology.

He is the author of State Building in Boom Times: Commodities and Coalitions in Latin America and Africa (Oxford University Press, 2014). 

Research Interests

State Building and Political Development
Bureaucratic Reform and Good Governance
Latin America

Teaching Interests

Comparative Politics
African Politics
Corruption and Government Reform
Latin American Politics
State Building



  • State Building in Boom Times: Commodities and Coalitions in Latin America and Africa (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Journal Articles

  • “Why Causal Mechanisms and Process Tracing Should Alter Case Selection Guidance.” Sociological Methods & Research 49(4) (November 2020): 982-1017.

  • “Paying for War and Building States: The Coalitional Politics of Debt Servicing and Tax Institutions” (with Nicholas C. Wheeler). World Politics 69(2) (April 2017): 366-408.

  • “Ethnic Entrepreneurs and Movements for New Administrative Units: Lessons from Nigeria.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 46(4) (Fall 2016): 568-595.

  • “Commodity Booms, Coalitional Politics, and Government Intervention in Credit Markets.” Review of International Political Economy 21(3) (June 2014): 640-669.

  • “Concepts, Measures, and Measuring Well: An Alternative Outlook.” Sociological Methods & Research 42(3) (August 2013): 354-391.

  • “Probing the Historical Sources of the Mauritian Miracle: Sugar Exporters and State Building in Colonial Mauritius.” Review of African Political Economy 39(133) (September 2012): 465-478.

  • “Sources of State Capacity in Latin America: Commodity Booms and State Building Motives in Chile.” Theory and Society 41(3) (May 2012): 301-324.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • African Politics
  • Modern Latin America
  • The Politics of National Resource Wealth
  • Corruption and Government Reform
  • Global Challenges
  • Senior Project
  • State Building and Political Development