Dr John Brown

Sociology, Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)

2nd Fl


I completed my PhD in the Sociology Department of Maynooth in 2018 where I examined the emergence and development of left-led democratization processes in Bolivia and Venezuela. Before my doctorate, I completed a masters in International Development in DCU, while I studied for my undergraduate degree in Business, Economics, and Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin. My research focuses on the causes for the emergence of outsider parties and how such parties relate to social movement constituent bases. I have received several awards to carry out my research, including from the Irish Research Council, The National University of Ireland, The Fulbright Commission, and Maynooth University. I started lecturing in the department in 2018, teaching courses on state-society relations, political institutions, Irish politics and society, Latin American politics, revolutions, and political ideologies. I also work with final year students who are working on their dissertations and am supervising a PhD student who is exploring the far-right in Ireland and Greece. I have recently finished writing a book on the emergence, development, and legacies of the presidencies of Evo Morales in Bolivia and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. I am currently working as PI on an SFI-IRC Pathway funded 4-year project, examining radical left parties and social movement interactions in Southern Europe and the Andes.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Anti-neoliberal parties and popular movements: Andean and Southern European cases in Comparative Perspective PI 01/01/2022 31/12/2025 552500
Beyond Market Democracy? Bolivia and Venezuela after Neo-Liberalism PI


Year Publication
2022 John Brown (2022) Deepening Democracy in Post-Neoliberal Bolivia and Venezuela: Advances and Setbacks. London: Routledge. [Link] https://www.routledge.com/Deepening-Democracy-in-Post-Neoliberal-Bolivia-and-Venezuela-Advances-and/Brown/p/book/9781032201481

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2023 John Brown (2023) 'Crisis de democracia, oligarquía, y populismo: Evo Morales y El Proceso de Cambio en Bolivia' In: Repensando Populismo: Perspectivas Latinoamericanas. Buenos Aires : CLACSO, Agenda.
2022 John Brown (2022) 'Party-base linkages, contestatory mobilization and ‘creative tensions’ in Bolivia' In: Progressive Governments and Social Movements: Resistance, Convergence and ‘Creative Tensions’. Maryland : Rowman and Littlefield. [Full-Text]
2023 John Brown (2023) 'Populist responses to crises of market democracy: The case of Bolivia’s Evo Morales' In: Populism: Latin American Perspectives. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne : Agenda. [Link]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2020 Brown J. (2020) 'Neoliberalization, De-democratization, and Populist Responses in Western Europe, the US, and Latin America'. Critical Sociology, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 Brown, J (2020) 'Party-base linkages and contestatory mobilization in Bolivia’s El Alto: Subduing the Ciudad Rebelde'. Latin American Perspectives, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Brown J. (2018) 'Escaping the Confines of Market Democracy: Lessons From Venezuela'. Socialism and Democracy, 32 (2):14-31. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Cannon, B; Brown, J (2017) 'VENEZUELA 2016: THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY'. Revista de Ciencia Politica, 37 :613-633. [Full-Text]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2022 John Brown (2022) Conference of the European Council for Social Research on Latin America (CEISAL) Anti-neoliberal Parties and Popular Movements: Andean and Southern European cases in Comparative Perspective Helsinki, Finland, .
2019 John Brown (2019) Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Inequality and Democratisation in Evo Morales’ Bolivia: Advances, limitations and lessons for the Left Maynooth, .
2018 John Brown (2018) International Congress of Americanistas (ICA) Beyond the confines of market democracy? Lessons from Bolivarian Venezuela Salamanca, .
2018 John Brown (2018) International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Popular power and the ‘proceso de cambio’ in Bolivia: The view from El Alto Barcelona, .
2016 John Brown (2016) Democratization and the Radical-Left in Latin America: Lessons and legacies from Bolivia and Venezuela Venezuela’s Multiple Public Spheres: The influence of historical organization on contemporary participation Tulane University, New Orleans, .
2015 John Brown (2015) Swinging back? Winds of change after a decade of the Latin American Left The Responsible State: An analysis of post-neoliberal power networks in Left-led Latin America ILAS, London, .

Magazine Article

Year Publication
2022 John Brown (2022) “I Left Venezuela to Defend the Constitution”: An Interview with Luisa Ortega Díaz. [Magazine Article] [Link]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Latin American Studies Association Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/02/2022 SFI-IRC Pathway Research Fellow Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland
01/01/2021 Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow Irish Research Council
01/01/2019 National University of Ireland Early Career Academic National University of Ireland
01/01/2016 Fulbright Scholar Fulbright Commission, Ireland
01/01/2016 Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council
01/01/2016 John and Pat Hume Scholarship Maynooth University


Committee Function From / To
Sociology Departmental Committee for Research Promotion Participant -
Faculty of Social Sciences, Maynooth University Committee Member -


Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Assistant Lecturer 01/09/2018 - 31/01/2022
Maynooth University IRC Pathway Research Fellow 01/02/2022 - 31/01/2026


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Trinity Collge Dublin BA (Mod.) Economics and Social Studies Economics, Business, Social Studies
Epigeum Epigeum Research Integrity – Social and Behavioural Sciences Research Integrity
Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis Applying Regression Applying Regression
Maynooth University PhD Sociology
University of Oslo Case Studies Research Methods Case Study Research Methods
DCU Second Class Honours Masters in International Development


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent

Other Activities

I was selected by the Fulbright Commission, Ireland to be the Campus Ambassador for Maynooth University.

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Journal Role From / To
Revista de Ciencia Politica Reviewer -
Revista Cidob D'Afers Internacionals Reviewer -

Outreach Activities

Fulbright Ambassador to Maynooth University [Link]
Reviewer of student and scholar applications

Teaching Interests

Comparative politics, Political Institutions; Irish Politics and Society; Latin American Politics, Social Movements, Democratisation, Revolution, Power, Political Ideologies, Political Economy of Development.