UMass Amherst Department of Political Science
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Amel Ahmed

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Thompson 404
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 11:00-1:00, Th 3:30-4:30, and by appointment
Email: aahmed@polsci.umass.edu
Phone: (413) 545-6187

My main area of specialization is democratic studies, looking particularly at the politics of institutional choice in the process of democratization.  I have recently completed a book entitled “Engineering Electoral Dominance: Democratization and Electoral System Choice in the Era of Industrialization” (forthcoming Cambridge University Press) which examines the dynamics of institutional choice in the context of historical democratizers. In other work, I seek to develop a framework for understanding the contradiction and ambiguities of democratization in both its historical and contemporary contexts by looking at the ways in which inclusionary democratic reforms are combined with exclusionary safeguards and what this means for democratic politics. My 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.

Interests:

My main area of specialization is democratic politics, with a special interest in the dynamics of elite vs. popular control over democratic decision-making. I am currently working on several projects which examine the politics of institutional choice in the process of democratization, focusing on the ways in which democratic institutions can be used to serve undemocratic ends and even counteract the impact of democratization. My 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.

Education:
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught:
Comparative Politics; Comparative Democratization; West European Politics; Qualitative Research Methods

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