Paul Manuel

Paul Manuel was appointed an affiliated professor at Georgetown University in 2009 at the McCourt School of Public Policy, He also teaches in the Government Department and in the School of Continuing Studies.

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He has been a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown since 2010 and a local affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University since 1995. Manuel divides his time between Washington DC and Massachusetts.


Dr. Manuel, an author, co-author, or editor of 12 books and numerous scholarly articles, is a political scientist specializing in religion and politics, focusing on Portugal. His scholarship has contributed to the democratization literature in Portugal, with a focus on religion and politics. Manuel has also 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 received Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities grants. He has served on the Executive Council of the New England Political Science Association.

Manuel has over twenty-five years of experience with college-level teaching, student advising, program management, and development. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses at Georgetown, including comparative political systems, comparative public policy, international organization, public management, and leadership. He has also supervised many graduate-level capstone projects at the McCourt School.


Manuel previously worked at the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, where he served as the leadership program director for eight years. Previously, Dr. Manuel founded and directed the Mount Leadership Institute (now called ILEAD) at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and, before that, he was a co-founder and executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. He was a tenured full professor of politics at Mount St. Mary’s University and Saint Anselm College. He served as the politics department chair at Saint Anselm College for 15 years. Manuel has also taught at the University of Maryland-College Park, Boston University, and at the University of New Hampshire (Durham and Manchester).


He holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University, an M.T.S. from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now known as the Gloria L. and Charles I. Clough School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College), an M.A. in international relations from Boston University, and a B.A. in political science, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston University.