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Kristen Kao received her PhD in 2015 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg, where she collaborates with a team of researchers in conducting large N surveys of approximately 8,000 respondents or more in places such as Malawi, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia. Kristen’s dissertation employs a mixed method approach including a survey of 1,499 eligible voters in Jordan to investigate the effects of electoral institutions on tribal voting behavior, ethnic clientelism, and authoritarian rule in the Middle East, where she has spent over four years conducting studying and conducting fieldwork. Her broader research interests include the study of electoral authoritarianism, clientelism, ethnic politics, survey methodology, field experiments, politics of the MENA region, local governance, and voter behavior. Her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Political Science Association, the National Security Education Program, the American Center of Oriental Research, and the Project on Middle East Political Science, among others.

Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Institution / Affiliation : University of Gothenburg

Geographical Region: Africa, Middle East
Methodology: Experimental Design, Mixed Method, Survey Methodology
Policy: Development, Elections, Ethnic Politics, Governance