Didi Kuo, Ph.D.


Stanford University

Country: United States (California)

About Me:

Didi Kuo is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. From 2017-18, she was an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America.She works on issues in comparative and American politics, including democratization, clientelism and corruption, political parties, and political reform. Her book, Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy: the Rise of Programmatic Politics in the United States and Britain (Cambridge University Press), explores the decline of patronage in the nineteenth-century. She received a PhD in political science from Harvard University; as a Marshall Scholar, she studied economic history at Oxford University and politics at the University of Essex. She received a BA in political science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, her hometown.

Research Interests

Comparative Democratization

Political Parties and Interest Groups

Comparative Political Institutions



Political Parties

Political Representation

Political Economy