Dr. Paul DeBell

Dr. Paul DeBell
Associate Professor of Political Science


  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Psychology
  • Populism and Anti-Establishment Movements 
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Political Communications and Media
  • Democratization
  • Post-Communist Politics


  • Ph.D., Political Science, The Ohio State University, 2016
  • M.A., Political Science, The Ohio State University, 2011
  • B.A., Government and Philosophy, College of William & Mary, 2006


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About Dr. Paul DeBell

Dr. DeBell is an associate professor of Political Science at Fort Lewis College. He joined the College in 2016. Previously, DeBell was an instructor of record and a teaching associate for The Ohio State University focusing on American foreign policy, eastern European politics, comparative politics and modern democratic politics.

The recipient of numerous fellowships from The Ohio State University, Dr. DeBell received the Distinguished University Fellowship in 2014, the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship in 2011, and the FLAS academic year fellowship for Russian, Center for Slavic and East European Studies in 2010. Active professionally, DeBell is a member of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and co-chaired the “Violence and Human Security in Developing Countries” panel at APSA in 2014.

DeBell’s recent research includes “Undermining Democracy with Disgust: The Politics of Outrage and Democratic Back-sliding,” “What is the Value of Left and Right? Party Competition and Political Ideology in Post-Communist Europe,” and “How Emotional Response Moderates Reactions to Political Attacks in Established and Developing Democracies.”

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