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Karen E. Ferree

Professor of Political Science

Karen Ferree studies democratization in Africa.  Her work sits at the intersection of institutional and behavioral approaches to politics, with a particular focus on how ethnic and racial divisions and formal and informal institutions shape voting behavior and election outcomes in emerging democracies.  She has written about South African politics in her book, Framing the Race in South Africa: the Political Origins of Racial Census Elections (Cambridge University Press, 2011).  She has also written about electoral institutions, electoral integrity, and issues related to survey design in Africa. 

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002
Comparative Politics, Politics of Democracy, Elections

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