Paul Manuel, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Government



Areas of Expertise

Comparative Politics
Leadership Studies
Religion & Politics


Paul Manuel is a visiting professor of government at Claremont McKenna College (Washington, DC campus) and an affiliated professor in the government department and at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and a local affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.

Manuel's scholarship over the last twenty-five years has contributed to the literature on the various transformations brought about by democratization in Portugal, with a focus on religion and politics. He has authored, co-authored, or edited twelve books and numerous peer-reviewed articles. Manuel has participated in the Varieties of Democracy Project and served on the National Screening Panel for the Graduate Fulbright Competition in Spain and Portugal (Iberia).

He has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics, comparative public policy, international relations, and leadership. He has supervised many undergraduate and graduate capstone projects.

Manuel previously served as chair of the Politics Department at Saint Anselm College for fifteen years (1993-2008), where he was a tenured full professor of politics. He was the executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm in 2007 and 2008. In 2010, Manuel was appointed the founding director of the Leadership Institute at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, where he was a tenured full professor of political science. From 2015 to 2022,  Manuel served as the director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., where he enjoyed dual faculty appointments as Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Scholar of Government.