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* Received the Best Book Award from the European Politics and Society Section of the APSA, 2014.





  • “Multi-Method Research and Democratization Studies: Intellectual Bridges Among Islands of   Specialization”Democratization, Vol 26:1 (2018) 97-139).
  • “American Political Development in the Mirror of Europe” in Comparative Area Studies:Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applications, Ariel Ahram, Patrick Köllner, and Rudra Sil eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • “The Politics of History and the History of Economic Development" Journal of Politics (Jan 2015) 77.1
  • “Democratization Theory and the Arab Spring" with Giovanni Capoccia , Middle East law and Governance Journal (2014) 6.1: 1-31.
  • "The Existential Threat: Varieties of Socialism and the Origins of Electoral Systems in Early Democracies", Studies in Comparative International Development (June 2013) 48.2: 141-171. Download (pdf) (332.29 KB)
  • “When Multi-Method Research Subverts Methodological Pluralism: Or Why We Still Need Single Method Research” with Rudra Sil, Perspectives on Politics (December 2012)10.4: 935-953. Download (pdf) (332.29 KB)
  • "Revolutionary Blind-Spots: The Politics of Electoral System Choice in the Egyptian Transition" Middle East Law and Governance Journal. 2011. Vol. 3, No. 2.
  • “Reading History Forward: The Origins of Electoral Systems in Advanced Democracies” Comparative Political Studies Special Issue on The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies. August/September 2010 43: 1059-1088.



  • “The Utility of a Comparative Area Studies framework for Historical Analysis” Qualitative and Multi-Method ResearchForthcoming Vol. 18. No 1.
  • "Rethinking Backsliding: Insights from the Historical Turn in Democratization Studies". Comparative Democratization Newsletter, Fall 2104.
  • "Restoring the Voting Rights Act Will Not Do Enough to Ensure Fair Elections" Policy Brief for the Scholars Strategy Network.January 2014
  • “When Election Rules Undermine Democracy”, Policy brief for the Scholars Strategy Network, April 2013.
  • “Is Multi-Method Research Really Better?” with Rudra Sil, Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section Newsletter, Fall 2009.



  • “The Origins of the Weimar Coalition: Party Politics in the German Imperial Reichstag” with Stephanie Chan (Article Manuscript, Under Review)
  • "Towards a Processual Understanding of Democratization: Rethinking the Temporalities of Political Change" (Article Manuscript, Under Review)
  • Out of Order: Institutional Sequencing and Regime Stability in Historical Democratizers ( Book Manuscript, in Progress)
  • “Reading History in the Social Sciences: Toward a Sense of Historical Reflexivity” (Article Manuscript, In progress)
  • “It Didn’t Happen Here? Working Class Mobilization and the Politics of Electoral System Choice in the United States” (Article Manuscript, In Progress).
  • “Networked Legislatures: Identifying Legislative Coalitions” with Stephanie Chan (Article Manuscript, In Progress)
  • “Dealing with Over-determined Outcomes: A Strategy for Identifying Actors’ Motivations in Historical Research” (Article Manuscript, In Progress).