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American, living in Japan
Waseda University
Latin America, media freedom, democracy, political parties, presidents
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Marisa Kellam is an associate professor at Waseda University, where she researches the quality of democracy in Latin America. Her research links institutional analysis to various governance outcomes in democracies within three lines of inquiry:  political parties and coalitional politics; mass electoral behavior and party system change; and democratic accountability and media freedom.

Marisa Kellam teaches international students and Japanese “returnees” in the English-based degree programs of Waseda’s School of Political Science & Economics.  After earning a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA, she spent several years as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.  She moved to Tokyo in 2013 with her Japanese husband and two children.  Dedicated to her academic career and family, she engages daily in the pursuit of work-life balance.

Recent Publications
  • Forthcoming. “Why Preelectoral Coalitions in Presidential Systems?” British Journal of Political Science.
  • 2016. “Silencing Critics: When and How Presidents Restrict Media Freedom in Democracies.” Comparative Political Studies 49(1): 36-77. (with Elizabeth A. Stein)
  • 2015. “Parties for Hire: How Particularistic Parties Influence Presidents’ Governing Strategies.” Party Politics 21(4): 511–526.
  • 2014. “Programming Presidential Agendas: Partisan and Media Environments that Lead Presidents to Fight Crime and Corruption.” Political Communication 31 (1): 25–52. (with Elizabeth A. Stein)
  • 2013. “Suffrage Extensions and Voting Patterns in Latin America: Is Mobilization a Source of Decay?” Latin American Politics & Society 55 (4): 23–46.
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