About Paul Manuel

Professional Background

Paul Manuel in Lisbon

I am the director of the leadership program at  the  School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.  I also serve as the Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and  Distinguished Scholar in Residence at American University.


Research Background

I am also a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and a local affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  I am currently a member of the Executive Committee of the New England Political Science Association.  I divide my time between Washington DC and Massachusetts. 

American University, 2019

My scholarship has contributed to the democratization literature in Spain and Portugal, with a focus on religion and politics. I have  authored or co-authored ten books and numerous scholarly articles. I have also participated in the Varieties of Democracy Project and served on the National Screening Panel for the Graduate Fulbright Competition (Iberia).  

Previous Academic Roles

Mount St. Mary’s , 2013
Saint Anselm College, 1993

I served as the founding  director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland (2010-2015). Before that, I was the co-founder and executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College,  where I was the chair of the politics department (1992-2008). I was a tenured full professor of politics at  both institutions.