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Nicholas R. Davis

Comparative Politics and International Relations


Nicholas is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in persistent authoritarianism, comparative democratization, and political institutions. His dissertation investigates the role of authoritarian diffusion, through regime-level learning, on the persistence of authoritarian regimes. The project explores different methods of learning: neighbor emulation, learning from structurally similar regimes, and follow-the-leader applications. His work utilizes advanced quantitative methods, including a publication in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (with Paru Shah) and a paper on diffusion currently under review. Nicholas has taught several courses in the classroom and online, including Introduction to Politics, Introduction to International Relations, and Introduction to Comparative Politics. He enjoys teaching, and in 2012 was awarded the First Year Student Success Award for excellence in teaching.