Benjamin Smith is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He received his PhD in Political Science in 2002 from the University of Washington. His current research and teaching focus on the politics of resource wealth and on ethnic and nationalist mobilization. His first book, Hard Times in the Lands of Plenty, was published in 2007 by Cornell University Press. His second book, co-authored book with David Waldner, Rethinking the Resource Curse, was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press.
Hannah M. Alarian is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, where she also is a faculty affiliate with the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship and Center for European Studies. Her research broadly examines the comparative politics of belonging, including topics of citizenship, immigration, public opinion, and immigrant incorporation. Her current book project explores how immigrant voting rights affects the meaning and practice of citizenship across Western Europe.
Sebastian Elischer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. His research examines democratization and state building processes in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has published in Comparative Politics, Democratization, African Affairs, and related journals. He is the author of Political Parties in Africa Ethnicity and Party Formation (2013) and Salafism and Political Order in Africa (2021), which were both published by Cambridge University Press.
Andrew Janusz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. His research focuses on racial identity, political behavior, and representation in Latin America. In his current book project, he explores patterns of racial identification among Brazilian politicians, investigates barriers to Afro-Brazilian electoral success, and examines how the descriptive underrepresentation of Afro-descendants in Brazil’s political arena influences policy outcomes.
Nicholas Kerr is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. His research and teaching interests coalesce around the comparative study of electoral institutions, elections, and democratization, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. His current book project, Election Commissions and Democratization in Africa, explores the consequences of the design and performance of election commissions on the quality and legitimacy of elections.
Juliana Restrepo Sanín is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. Her research on violence against women in politics explores the relationship between efforts to improve the quality of democracy and the increasing reports of violence and harassment directed at women in electoral politics. Her current book project analyzes violence and harassment against women politicians in Latin America, the role of women’s activism in bringing attention to this problem, and the development and effectiveness of state measures to end it.
Treethep Srisa-nga is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Florida. He received his MA in Latin American Studies from the Center for Latin American Studies, the University of Florida in 2021. His research interests include comparative populisms, democratization, and authoritarianism, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and Latin America. He is the coauthor of Global Populisms (2021), published by Routledge.