APSA-CD is the official newsletter of the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization section. Formerly known as CompDem, it has been published three times a year (October, January, and May) since 2003. In October 2010, the newsletter was renamed APSA-CD and expanded to include substantive articles on democracy, as well as news and notes on the latest developments in the field. The newsletter is now produced and edited by faculty members of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The current issue of APSA-CD is available here. A complete archive of past issues is also available.

To inquire about submitting an article to APSA-CD, please contact Staffan Lindberg.

Editorial Committee Members:

Executive Editor:

Staffan I. Lindberg is professor of political science and director of the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg; one of four PIs for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem); Wallenberg Academy Fellow; member of the Young Academy of Sweden and the Board of U of Gothenburg; and a Research Fellow in the QoG Institute. He is author of Democracy and Elections in Africa and editor of Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition?, and has also worked on women’s representation, clientelism, voting behavior, party and electoral systems, democratization, popular attitudes, and the Ghanaian legislature and executive-legislative relationships.


Adam Harris received his Ph.D. from New York University in August 2015. He specializes in ethnic and African politics. Adam has conducted research on ethnic identifiability (recently published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution), ethnic and immigrant prejudice, the determinants of political protests, ideological ideal point estimation among African legislators, and the effects of foreign aid in recipient countries. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, New York University, and Columbia University.


Kristen Kao is a Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg and a PhD Candidate in Political Science at UCLA. In 2014, she ran a nationwide survey in Jordan in collaboration with Ellen Lust and Lindsay Benstead funded by the GLD program at Yale. She has served as a program consultant and election monitor for a variety of international organizations, including The Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute.


Anna LuhrmannAnna Lührmann is a post-doctoral fellow at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg. Her doctoral thesis—completed in summer 2015 at Humboldt University (Berlin)—studies the causes and effects of United Nation’s electoral assistance. She currently works on several research projects concerning electoral manipulation, regime legitimacy and the impact of democracy promotion.


Ellen Lust

Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and at the University of Gothenburg, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She has authored Structuring Conflict in the Arab World as well as articles in Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and other journals, and edited The Middle East and several volumes. The Moulay Hicham Foundation, NSF, the Swedish Research Council and other foundations have supported her research on authoritarianism, political transitions, and local governance.


Kyle MarquardtKyle L. Marquardt is a post-doctoral fellow at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg. He studies identity politics and the politics of authoritarianism. His current project uses data from extensive field and survey research from Eurasia to examine the relationship between language and separatism. Other projects involve the use of list experiments to analyze support for authoritarian leaders and Bayesian latent variable analysis of the components of social identities


Rachel SigmanRachel Sigman is a post-doctoral fellow at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg and an Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She studies African politics and the political economy of development. Her current research investigates the ways that political financing shape patronage practices and governing outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also working on projects that develop new measures of state capacity and revisits the relationship between state-building and democratization.