John C Higley
Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: +1 512 232 7236, +1 512 471 9607
John Higley's interests include general comparative politics, political sociology, and the comparative study of political elites. He has written extensively about elite theory and analysis. He was chair of the Government Dept. between 2001- 2006, and chair of the International Political Science Association's Research Committee on Political Elites 2001-2012. He retired from the UT Faculty in 2012.
In addition to books and articles Professor Higley published over the years, his most recent books are Elite Foundations of Liberal Democracy (2006); Democratic Elitism: New Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (2010); Political Elites in the Transatlantic Crisis (2013); and The Endangered West; Myopic Elites and Fragile Social Orders in a Threatening World (2016).