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Amanda Krause

Amanda (Beal) Krause, Ph.D.

Director of International Programs / Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Knott Academic Center
Room 200H

+1 (301) 447-5279

Amanda (Beal) Krause, Ph.D., came to the Mount in 2009 from the University of Missouri. She is the chair of the Department of Political Science and the director of International Programs. She currently oversees the political science major, the international studies major, the Mount's Study Abroad programs, and is currently working on our programming for international students.

Dr. Krause teaches and researches a diversity of topics related to comparative political economy, specifically focusing on social services and well-being in the Americas. She is passionate about and committed to the improvement of programs for students as well as low-income and disadvantaged populations. Krause has expertise in social research and assessment as well, including data collection, statistical data analysis, and qualitative analysis techniques.

Dr. Krause is the founder of the Mount's Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program; she regularly volunteers for domestic and international non-governmental organizations; she travels to research and assess the provision of social programs in the Americas and Europe; and she consults for nonprofits to improve data collection, assessment and grant writing.

  • University of Missouri, Political Science, Ph.D. (2009)
  • Louisiana State University, Political Science, M.A. (2006)
  • Indiana University, Journalism (Photography and Magazine), B.A. (2002)
  • Outstanding Merit Award, Mount St. Mary's University (2018 & 2019)
  • Faculty Development Grant, Mount St. Mary's University (2013, 2015, & 2019)
  • The President’s Award of Excellence, Mount St. Mary’s University (2011)
  • The Missouri Excellence in Political Science Teaching Award, University of Missouri (Spring 2009)
  • The Edith Taylor Therrien Scholarship, University of Missouri (Spring 2008)
  • Research Assistant, Open Society Institute Grant awarded to Jonathan Krieckhaus, Summer 2008-Spring 2009 for Krieckhaus' work "Wall Street and the Ballot Box: Elections, Partisanship, and Portfolio Investment in Developing Countries."
  • Comparative Political Economy (Democracy and Development, Welfare States, Nongovernmental Organizations, Human Development)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • European Politics and Culture

Beal Krause, Amanda L. 2021. "The Aged Population and Social Spending in Latin America: Comparing the Demographic Functionalist Theories and Political Pressure Arguments." Politics & Policy (August)

Beal, Amanda L. 2018. “Girl’s Guide to Running for Office.” SASS Magazine. Fall 2018.

Beal, Amanda L. 2016. “Resources and Opportunity for Change: Democracy, Labor and the Welfare Effort in Latin America.” Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies 41 (2).

Beal, Amanda and Maria Sofia. 2016. “Aid or Trade? Problems with the UN’s Human Development Figures.” Global Politics. May 3, 2016.

Beal, Amanda and Leah Graham. 2014. “Foundations for Change: Rule of Law, Development, and Democratization.” Politics & Policy 42 (3): 311-345.

Beal, Amanda. 2013 and 2015. “Welfare State Development in Latin America” in Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Ed. Rick Valelly. New York: Oxford University Press.

Beal, Amanda. 2013. “Seeing Ourselves from an International Perspective” in Where Justice and Mercy Meet, Eds. Vicki Schieber, Trudy Conway, and David McCarthy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Contributor in “2015 Best and Worst States for Underprivileged Children,” by Richie Bernardo, last modified August 13, 2015.


Volunteer, Frederick Rescue Mission, Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry, Frederick, MD, Summer 2013 - March 2019.

Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Faculty Development Seminar, Mount St. Mary's University, AY 2011-2012.

Volunteer, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD, AY 2011-2012.

Fides et Ratio Seminars, The Church Fathers, Doctors, Popes and Sacred Art & Music, Seminar I, Thomas More College, Merrimack, New Hampshire, May 2011.

Fides et Ratio Seminars, The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Wyoming Catholic College, Lander, Wyoming, July 2010.

ESL Tutor, The Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, AY 2010-2011.