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Amel Ahmed

Amel Ahmed

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science


Thompson 404


Office Hours: 

For Fall 2017 coming soon


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Professor Ahmed's main area of specialization is democratic studies, looking particularly at the politics of institutional choice in the process of democratization.  She has recently completed a book entitled “Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice: Engineering Electoral Dominance (Cambridge University Press) which won the Best Book Award from the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association. In it, she examines the dynamics of electoral system choice in the context of historical democratizers. She is currently working on a book which examines the impact of institutional choice on party formation in the United States. In other work, she seek to theorize the contradiction and ambiguities of democratization by looking at the ways in which inclusionary democratic reforms are combined with exclusionary safeguards and what this means for democratic politics. Her research and teaching covers the areas of Comparative Politics, West European Politics, American Political Development, and Democratic Theory. Other areas of interests include Electoral Studies, Political Economy and Research Methods.


Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics


  • Political Science