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Professor Patrick Kuhn

Professor in Comparative Politics

Professor in Comparative Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 47204
Fellow of the Durham Research Methods Centre
Department Representative in the Durham Research Methods Centre
Professor in the Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour 


Patrick joined Durham University in 2014 as Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2014. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a Senior (2012-2013) and Postdoctoral Research Associate (2013-2014) in the Empirical Studies of Conflict Research (ESOC) project as well as a Lecturer in Public and International Affairs (2013-2014) at Princeton University's Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. From 2016 to 2019 he was also a part-time Lecturer at ETH Zurich's Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy

Patrick's research falls within Comparative Political Economy of Development and Conflict. He is the principal investigator of a joint ESRC/AHRC funded project that studies the causes and consequences of electoral violence in England and Wales 1832-1914. It involves the creation of a fine-grained, geocoded event database of election violence, which is subsequently merged with various other data sources from the time period to study the causes, dynamics, and ultimately the demise of violence during elections. Aside from this project, he has been working on electoral politics, as well as economic and political development (mostly but not exclusively sub-Saharan Africa), and survey methodology, in particular regarding the measurement of sensitive items, such as turnout.

In addition to my publications, current drafts of working papers can be found on his private website as well as on his Google Scholar Profile.

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Research interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy of Development and Conflict
  • Econometrics
  • Formal Theory


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