Carol Mershon's Website

Carol Mershon received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1986. A specialist in comparative politics, she has taught at the University of Virginia since 1993. Mershon investigates institutional constraints on the strategic interactions of political parties and politicians, and at the same time explores how parties and politicians seek to maneuver around or modify institutional constraints. Her most recent book, The Costs of Coalition (Stanford University Press, 2002) combines intensive study of Italian multiparty governments with extensive comparisons of parties and coalitions across ten parliamentary democracies. In 2004, Mershon received a National Science Foundation grant to conduct collaborative research on legislative party switching (more information here). Her articles have appeared in such journals as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Comparative Political Studies. Currently the President of the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, she also serves on the Executive Council of the Midwest Political Science Association.


Department of Politics
P. O. Box 400787, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4787
Phone: (434) 924-7875
Fax: (434) 924-3359