Forum Research Council

  • Nancy Bermeo

    Yale University

    Nancy Bermeo received her PhD with distinction from Yale University and writes on...

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  • Ladan Boroumand

    Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation

    Ladan Boroumand is cofounder and research director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation...

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  • Michael Bratton

    Michigan State University

    Michael Bratton conducts research on democracy in Africa at Michigan State University,...

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  • Jason Brownlee

    University of Texas

    Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at...

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  • Daniel Brumberg

    Georgetown University

    Daniel Brumberg is an associate professor of government and co-director of the M.A....

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  • Zora Bútorová

    Institute for Public Affairs

    Zora Bútorová is a resident scholar of the Institute for Public Affairs, a member...

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  • Thomas Carothers

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    Thomas Carothers is the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for...

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  • Yun-han Chu

    National Taiwan University

    Yun-han Chu is distinguished research fellow of the Institute of Political Science...

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  • Alexander Cooley

    Barnard College

    Alexander Cooley is professor of political science at Barnard College and director...

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  • Michael Coppedge

    University of Notre Dame

    Michael Coppedge is professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame...

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  • Javier Corrales

    Amherst College

    Michael Coppedge is professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame...

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  • Larry Diamond

    Co-Chair, International Forum for Democratic Studies Research CouncilCoeditor, Journal of Democracy

    Larry Diamond is the founding coeditor of the Journal of...

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  • Donald Emmerson

    Stanford University

    Donald K. Emmerson is director of the Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) at the Shorenstein...

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  • Ashley Esarey

    University of Alberta

    Ashley Esarey teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of...

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  • João Carlos Espada

    Catholic University of Portugal

    João Carlos Espada is the director and founder (1996) of the Institute for Political...

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  • Charles H. Fairbanks, Jr.

    Hudson Institute

    Charles H. Fairbanks, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Since 2006,...

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  • Abdou Filali-Ansary

    Aga Khan University

    Abdou Filali-Ansary is research professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute...

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  • Steven Friedman

    Centre for the Study of Democracy (South Africa)

    Steven Friedman is director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University...

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  • Francis Fukuyama

    Stanford University

    Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute...

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  • Sumit Ganguly

    Indiana University

    Sumit Ganguly, professor of political science, holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair...

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  • Jeffrey Gedmin

    Georgetown University

    Jeffrey Gedmin is senior fellow at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service,...

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  • Bruce Gilley

    Portland State University

    Bruce Gilley is director of graduate programs in public policy in the Mark O. Hatfield...

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  • E. Gyimah-Boadi

    Center for Democratic Development (Ghana)Afrobarometer

    E. Gyimah-Boadi is executive director of both the Ghana Center for Democratic Development...

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  • Stephan Haggard

    University of California San Diego

    Stephan Haggard is the Krause Distinguished Professor at the Graduate School of International...

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  • Chaibong Hahm

    Asan Institute for Policy Studies

    Chaibong Hahm is the president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul,...

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  • Harry Harding

    University of Virginia

    Harry Harding presently holds a dual appointment as university professor and professor...

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  • Jonathan Hartlyn

    University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill

    Jonathan Hartlyn is the senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs...

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  • Steven Heydemann

    Smith College

    Steven Heydemann holds the Janet Wright Ketcham ’53 Chair in Middle East Studies...

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  • Donald L. Horowitz

    James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science at Duke University

    Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science at Duke University...

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  • Gerald Hyman

    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Gerald F. (“Jerry”) Hyman has been Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic...

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  • Richard Joseph

    Northwestern University

    Richard Joseph, a nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at...

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  • Terry Lynn Karl

    Stanford University

    Terry Lynn Karl is a professor of political science at Stanford University, where...

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  • Byung-kook Kim

    Korea University

    Byung-Kook Kim teaches party politics, methodology, and comparative political theories...

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  • Ivan Krastev

    Centre for Liberal Strategies

    Ivan Krastev is a Bulgarian political scientist. He is chairman of the Centre for...

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  • Johan Lagerkvist

    Stockholm University

    Johan Lagerkvist is professor of Chinese language and culture at Stockholm University.

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  • Steven Levitsky

    Harvard University

    Steven Levitsky is Harvard College Professor and Professor of Government at Harvard...

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  • Peter Lewis

    Johns Hopkins University

    Peter Lewis is director of African Studies and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins...

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  • R. William Liddle

    Ohio State University

    R. William Liddle is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Ohio State University...

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  • Satu Limaye

    East-West Center

    Satu Limaye was named director of the East-West Center in Washington in February...

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  • Abraham F. Lowenthal

    University of Southern California

    Abraham F. Lowenthal is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the University...

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  • Ellen Lust

    University of Gothenburg

    Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development...

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  • Scott Mainwaring

    University of Notre Dame

    Scott Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at...

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  • Cynthia McClintock

    George Washington University

    Cynthia McClintock is professor of political science and international affairs at...

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  • Michael McFaul

    Stanford University

    Michael McFaul is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the...

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  • Pratap Bhanu Mehta

    Center for Policy Research (India)

    Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President for the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi,...

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  • Leonardo Morlino

    LUISS (Italy)

    Leonardo Morlino is professor of political science and director of the Research Center...

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  • Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

    Hertie School of Governance

    Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is professor of policy analysis at the Hertie School of Governance,...

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  • Joshua Muravchik

    World Affairs Institute

    Joshua Muravchik, a writer and specialist on U.S. foreign policy, is a Distinguished...

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  • Andrew J. Nathan

    Columbia University

    Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. ...

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  • Ghia Nodia

    Ilia Chavchavadze State University (Georgia)

    Ghia Nodia is professor of politics and director of the International School of Caucasus...

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  • Robert Orttung

    The George Washington University

    Robert Orttung is assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian, and...

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  • Jiri Pehe

    New York University in Prague

    Jiří Pehe is director of New York University’s center in Prague. He...

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  • Minxin Pei

    Claremont McKenna College

    Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and the...

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  • Ted Piccone

    Brookings Institution

    Ted Piccone is a senior fellow and deputy director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings...

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  • Marc F. Plattner

    Coeditor, Journal of Democracy

    Marc F. Plattner is founding coeditor of the Journal of...

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  • Arch Puddington

    Freedom House

    Arch Puddington joined Freedom House over 21 years ago, where he currently serves...

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  • Benjamin Reilly

    Murdoch University

    Benjamin Reilly is Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International...

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  • Andrew Reynolds

    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    Andrew Reynolds received his B.A. (Hons) from the University of East Anglia, a M.A....

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  • Bo Rothstein

    University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

    Bo Rothstein holds the August Röhss Chair in Political Science at University of...

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  • Jacques Rupnik

    Sciences Po

    Jacques Rupnik was born in Prague in 1950, educated at the University of Paris and...

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  • Andreas Schedler

    Center for Economic Teaching and Research (CIDE, Mexico)

    Andreas Schedler is professor of political science at the Center for Economic Teaching...

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  • Philippe Schmitter

    European University Institute

    Philippe C. Schmitter is currently professor emeritus at the European University...

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  • Lilia Shevtsova

    Brookings Institution

    Lilia Shevtsova is nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an...

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  • Michael Shifter

    Inter-American Dialogue

    Michael Shifter is president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based forum...

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  • Aleksander Smolar

    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)

    Aleksander Smolar is President of the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw, an independent...

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  • Stephen John Stedman

    Stanford University

    Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at Stanford University's Center...

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  • Alfred Stepan

    Columbia University

    Alfred Stepan is the Wallace Sayre Professor of Government and the director of the...

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  • Vladimir Tismaneanu

    University of Maryland–College Park

    Vladimir Tismaneanu is professor of comparative politics and director of the Center...

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  • Nicolas Van de Walle

    Cornell University

    Nicolas van de Walle is the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government, and Chairman...

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  • Ashutosh Varshney

    Brown University

    Ashutosh Varshney is the Sol Goldman Professor of the Social Sciences and International...

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  • Lucan A. Way

    University of Toronto

    Lucan Way is associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

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  • Bridget Welsh

    Ipek University

    Bridget Welsh is a senior research associate at the Center for East Asia Democratic...

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  • Laurence Whitehead

    Oxford University

    Laurence Whitehead is a senior research fellow in politics at Nuffield College, Oxford...

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  • Sean Yom

    Temple University

    Sean L. Yom is assistant professor of political science at Temple University.

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  • Jan Zielonka

    Oxford University

    Jan Zielonka is professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and is...

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The International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council is a group of approximately 80 scholars and specialists recognized for their outstanding work and expertise on democracy and democratization. It includes experts specializing in particular regions and countries, as well as scholars who study broader, comparative issues. Research Council members represent a wide range of theoretical and intellectual perspectives, reflecting the diversity in the field of democracy studies.

Research Council members participate in Forum activities by:

  • Providing intellectual input on research topics
  • Participating in Forum panel presentations, working groups, and roundtable discussions
  • Contributing articles to the Forum’s Journal of Democracy and other Forum publications
  • Building organizational partnerships with the Forum to conduct joint conferences and research projects