Carolien Van Ham, Ph.D.

The University of New South Wales

Country: Australia (New South Wales)

About Me:

Carolien van Ham is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient (2015-2017). She is also a research associate at the Varieties of Democracy Institute and senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project, and co-editor of the Routledge book series Elections, Democracy and Autocracy. Dr Van Ham received her PhD from the European University Institute in 2012. Prior to coming to UNSW, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente on a Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences research project on democratic legitimacy, as a senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney, and as a research fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.

Research Interests

Comparative Democratization

Comparative Political Institutions

Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior

Representation and Electoral Systems

European Politics

Research Methods & Research Design

Specific Areas of Interest

Democratization And Authoritarianism

Election Integrity


Political Representation

My Research:

My research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism, electoral integrity and fraud, and legitimacy and political representation.At the moment, I'm working on 4 research projects:Dissatisfaction with democracy in established democracies (Europe, Oceania and North America)Election fraud in new democracies (1974-2016)Election management in established and new democraciesHuman rights and democracyMore information on projects and publications can be found on my website or contact me directly.