Fall 2017 Contributors

Below you can find information on the contributors for the forthcoming Fall 2017 issue of the Newsletter. This issue will be available to members of APSA's Comparative Politics Section in Fall 2017 and to nonmembers in Spring 2018. Become a member today.

Symposium: Race and Ethnicity in Comparative Politics

Claire Adida

Claire Adida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on ethnic politics and immigrant exclusion, with a regional emphasis on Africa. In addition to publishing articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Public Opinion Quarterly, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the Annals of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, Economics and Politics, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Economic Inquiry, and the Economics Bulletin, she has also published two books. Her first book, Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers, was published with Cambridge University Press. Her second book, Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies, was published with Harvard University Press. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Hellman Foundation. More information can be found at her website and on her Google Scholar profile.

Volha Charnysh

Volha Charnysh is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. She will start as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Fall 2018. Her research focuses on historical political economy, nation- and state-building, and ethnic politics. She is currently working on her book, Migration, Diversity, and Economic Development. She has published articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Nationalities Papers, and the European Journal of International Relations. More information can be found at her website.

Rafaela Dancygier

Rafaela Dancygier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Her research focuses on ethnic diversity in advanced democracies. In addition to publishing articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the Annual Review of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, and World Politics, she has also published two books. Her first book, Immigration and Conflict in Europe, was published with Cambridge University Press. Her second book, Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics, was published with Princeton University Press. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Swedish Research Council. More information can be found at her website.

Adam Harris

Adam Harris is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In January 2018, he will join the Department of Political Science at University College London. His research focuses on political participation, and race and ethnic politics, with a regional emphasis on Africa. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Organization, and Political Research Quarterly. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Swedish Research Council. More information can be found at his website and on his Google Scholar profile.

Matthias vom Hau

Matthias vom Hau is an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). His research focuses on the relationship between identity politics, institutions, and development, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. He has published articles in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Methods and Research, the Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, Nations and Nationalism, and the Latin American Research Review. More information can be found at his website and on his Google Scholar profile.

Yue Hou

Yue Hou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on authoritarian institutions, ethnic politics business-state relations, and the political economy of development, with a regional emphasis on China. She is currently working on her book, Participatory Autocracy: Private Entrepreneurs, Legislatures, and Property Protection in China. She has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Politics, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Social Science Quarterly. More information can be found at her website and on her Google Scholar profile.

Ashley Jardina

Ashley Jardina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. Her research focuses on racial attitudes, the development of group identities, and the way in which these factors influence political preferences and behavior, with a regional emphasis on the United States. She has published articles in journals such as Political Psychology, the Annual Review of Political Science, and the Journal of International Migration and Integration. More information can be found at her website and on her Google Scholar profile.

Marcus Johnson, Jr.

Marcus Johnson is a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland. He will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at CUNY Baruch College in Fall 2018. His research focuses on race and ethnic politics, as well as electoral behavior and institutions, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. More information can be found at his website.


Kristen Kao

Kristen Kao is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research focuses on electoral authoritarianism, clientelism, and ethnic politics, with a regional emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. She has published her research in Survey Practice and in the Washington Post/Monkey Cage. More information can be found at her website.


Ekrem Karakoç

Ekrem Karakoç is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Binghamton, SUNY. His research focuses on comparative political economy, inequality, immigration, and democratization. His recent research examines religion and ethnicity in the Middle East. He has published articles in journals such as World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, and the European Political Science Review. More information can be found at his website and on his Google Scholar profile.

Chuyu Liu

Chuyu Liu is a Ph.D. candidate (expected 2019) in the Department of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include civil violence, ethnic politics, and terrorism, with a regional emphasis on China and East Asia. His research has been published in Energy Policy and the China Review. More information can be found at his website.



Aditi Malik

Aditi Malik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross. Her research focuses on political violence, ethnic politics, and political parties. Aditi studies these topics in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She is currently working on her book, Playing the Communal Card: Party Volatility and Electoral Violence in Developing Democracies. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Human Rights Quarterly, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, Transitional Justice Review, Human Rights Review, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. More information can be found at her website.

Rahsaan Maxwell

Rahsaan Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research focuses on racial, ethnic, religious, and immigrant-origin minorities, with a regional emphasis on Western Europe. In addition to publishing articles in journals such as World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Social Forces, Political Behavior, European Political Science, West European Politics, the European Sociological Review, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Du Bois Review, he has also published two books. His first book, Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe, was published with Lynne Rienner. His second book, Ethnic Minority Migrants in Britain and France: Integration Trade-Offs, was published with Cambridge University Press. More information can be found at his website and on his Google Scholar profile.

Gwyneth McClendon

Gwyneth McClendon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at New York University. Her research focuses on comparative political behavior, religious and ethnic politics, and political participation, with a regional emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. She has published articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, and African Affairs. Her book, Envy in Politics, is forthcoming at Princeton University Press. More information can be found at her website and on her Google Scholar profile.

Sangay Mishra

Sangay Mishra is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Drew University. His research focuses on immigrant political incorporation, global immigration, and racial and ethnic politics. In addition to publishing articles in journals such as Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and AAPI Nexus: Asian American and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice, and Community, he has also published a book, Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans, with the University of Minnesota Press. More information can be found at his website.

Juliet Pietsch

Juliet Pietsch is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic politics, with a regional emphasis on Australia and Southeast Asia. She has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Environmental Politics, Social Inclusion, Current Sociology, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, and the Australian Journal of Political Science. Her book, Race, Ethnicity and the Participation Gap: Understanding Australia's Political Complexion, is forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press. More information can be found at her website.

Amanda Robinson

Amanda Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio State University. She is also the interim director of Decision Sciences Collaborative. Her research focuses on race, culture, and identity formation, with a regional emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. She has published articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, World Politics, World Development, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More information can be found at her website and on her Google Scholar profile.

Prerna Singh

Prerna Singh is the Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University. In addition to publishing articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and World Politics, she has also published a book, How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India, with Cambridge University Press. More information can be found at her website and on her Google Scholar profile.

Amber Spry

Amber Spry is a Ph.D. candidate (expected 2018) in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the relationship between group identity and political attitudes and behavior, with a regional emphasis on the United States. She has published her research in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. Amber's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and a visiting fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More information can be found at her website.

Dataset: Democratic Electoral Systems Dataset

Nils-Christian Bormann

Nils-Christian Bormann is currently a Visiting Professor of International Political Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany and Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His research focuses on ethnic coalitions and power-sharing, civil wars, democratization, and spatial methods. He has published articles in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of Peace Research. More information can be found on his Google Scholar profile.

Adina Pintilie

Adina Pintilie is a 3rd-year undergraduate politics and international relations student with a specialization in data analysis (Q-STEP) at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. She has served as a research assistant for the latest update to the Democratic Electoral Systems dataset.


Jack N. Smith

Jack N. Smith is a 3rd-year undergraduate politics and international relations student with a specialization in data analysis (Q-STEP) at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. She has served as a research assistant for the latest update to the Democratic Electoral Systems dataset.