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University of Oklahoma
Elections, authoritarianism, public opinion
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​Natalie Wenzell Letsa (Ph.D., Government, Cornell University) will join the faculty of the International and Area Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma as the Wick Cary Assistant Professor of Political Economy in the Fall of 2017. In the Fall of 2018, she will be a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Natalie studies public opinion and political behavior in authoritarian regimes, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also interested in macro-issues of regime stability and legitimization in non-democratic and transitioning regimes. Her work has been published in Comparative Politics and Democratization, and she is currently working on a book manuscript, The Autocratic Voter: Partisanship and Electoral Behavior under Dictatorship, which seeks to explain why people choose to vote in autocratic elections. 

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“Popular Support for Democracy in Autocratic Regimes: A Micro-Level Analysis of Preferences” (with Martha Wilfahrt). Forthcoming at Comparative Politics.

“Voting for Peace, Mobilizing for War: Post-Conflict Voter Turnout and Civil War Recurrence.” Democratization 24 (3), p. 425-443.

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