Dr. J. Salvador Peralta is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia. He teaches courses on American Politics, Democratization, and Latin American Politics. His current research explores presidential behavior, social investment policies, higher education politics, and the politics of poetry in Latin America.

His most recent publications have appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics; Politics & Policy; Underpinning Leadership: The Presidential Office in Latin America, US, and Spain from Tecnos; The Transnational Politics of Higher Education from Routledge; and an Interview with Claribel Alegría in the Birmingham Poetry Review.  

His experiences living through dictatorship, war, and emigrating to the U.S. have informed his scholarly and teaching interests and inspired him to develop a course on what it means to be free, for which he won a National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) grant.


  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2020 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 07
    • POLS-2601 (Intro to Pol Science Inquiry) Section: 01
    • POLS-3401 (Comparative Politics) Section: 01

    Summer 2020 Sections

    • POLS-2101 (Intro to Political Science) Section: E01
    • POLS-4604 (Democratic Theory) Section: E01

    Fall 2019 Sections

    Summer 2019 Sections

    • ORGL-1100 (Leadership in a Global Society) Section: 01E
    • POLS-4984 (Senior Seminar) Section: N01

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government-Honors) Section: 25H
    • POLS-2601 (Political Science Methods I) Section: 01
    • POLS-4604 (Democratic Theory) Section: E01

    Fall 2018 Sections

    Summer 2018 Sections

    • POLS-4985 (Democratic Theory) Section: E02

    Spring 2018 Sections

    Fall 2017 Sections

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (POLS 110 American Government) Section: 01D

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • POLS-2601 (Political Science Methods I) Section: 01
    • POLS-4186 (Interniship :Data Analytics) Section: 81

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • XIDS-2002 (WDYKA The Honors College-Honor) Section: 28H
    • POLS-4186 (Internship in Government) Section: 01

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • POLS-4984 (Senior Seminar) Section: E01

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • XIDS-2300 (What Does it Mean to be Free) Section: LXB
    • POLS-4186 (GA Assoc Lat Elect Off (GALEO)) Section: 04
    • POLS-4186 (GALEO Internship) Section: 05

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • POLS-2601 (Political Science Methods I) Section: 01

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • POLS-4984 (Senior Seminar) Section: E01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • XIDS-2300 (What does it mean to be free?) Section: 01
    • POLS-4984 (Senior Seminar) Section: N01
  • Publication List

    J. Salvador Peralta. “Social Investment Policies in Latin America: 1985-2017” In The World Politics of Social Investment. Julian Garritzmann, Silja Häusermann, and Bruno Palier, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming book chapter.

    J. Salvador Peralta. 2018. “¡Aquí mando yo! Presidencia, liderazgo presidencial y formulación de políticas públicas en el Perú durante los gobiernos de Alan García.” In Centros de Gobierno. América Latina... Jorge Lanzaro, ed. Madrid: Tecnos.

    J. Salvador Peralta and Gregory Fraser. 2017. “An Interview with Claribel Alegría.” Birmingham Poetry Review 44. [View Publication]

    J. Salvador Peralta. 2017. “Latin America University Rankings 2017: an unwelcomed advance in Chile.” Times Higher Education: London. [View Publication]

    J. Salvador Peralta, and Thiago Pezzuto. 2016. “We Come In Peace”: Ideology and Higher Education Policymaking in Latin America. In The International Politics of Higher Education. Meng-Hsuan Chou, Isaac Kamola, and Tamson Pietsch, eds. London: Routledge [View Publication]

    Fleming, Anthony, Paul Rutledge, Gregory Dixon, and J. Salvador Peralta. 2016. “When the Smoke Clears: Focusing Events, Issue Definition, Strategic Framing, and the Politics of Gun Control.” Social Science Quarterly, 97(5): 1144-1152. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu [View Publication]

    J. Salvador Peralta, and Thiago Pezzuto Pacheco. 2014. “Resisting Progress: The New Left and Higher Education in Latin America.” PS: Political Science and Politics 47(3): 620-623. doi:10.1017/S1049096514000742 [View Publication]

    J. Salvador Peralta. 2013. “Do Culture and Institutions Matter? Explaining the Sources of Cross-National Regime Support.” Politics & Policy 41(4): 479-508. [View Publication]

    J. Salvador Peralta, and G. Richard Larkin. 2011. “Counting Those Who Count: The Impact of Latino Population Growth on Redistricting in Southern States.” PS: Political Science & Politics 44(3): 552-561. [View Publication]