The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Amel Ahmed

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science
Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost


406 Thompson Hall



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 is author of “Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice: Engineering Electoral Dominance” (Cambridge University Press, 2013) which won the Best Book Award from the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association. In a new book-length project, entitled Out of Order: Parliamentarization and Suffrage Expansion among European Democratizers, she examines the long-term impact of institutional choice, and particularly the sequencing of institutional development, on democratic stability. She also has a special interest in research methods and has written about mixed-method research designs, the position of historical analysis within the social sciences, and comparative areas studies. Her work has appeared in various journals including: Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Journal of Politics. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Comparative Politics, West European Politics, American Political Development, Electoral Studies, and Research Methods.

Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science