ResearcherDepartment of Political
About Kristen Kao
Kristen Kao received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg. Kristen is an expert in survey methodology and experimental design in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa contexts.
Her most recently funded projects include a multi-method, comparative study of the integration of Syrian migrants into Jordan, Turkey, and Sweden over 6 years; a study on the drivers of forgiveness versus revenge among diverse groups in Iraq employing 3 large-N surveys and experiments; and surveys in East Africa examining the interaction between social institutions and local governance across issues of authority and legitimacy, vote buying and clientelism, as well as stereotypes and inequalities. You can find out more about her work on her website at www.kristenkao.com.
In 2019, her research on post-conflict reconciliation in Iraq received the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha award for the best paper presented at the American Political Science Association (APSA) annual meeting, the largest annual gathering of political scientists in the world; it is now conditionally accepted at The American Journal of Political Science. She has also published work on ethnic clientelism, non-state authorities, and electoral institutions in Comparative Politics, World Development, Mediterranean Politics, Survey Practice, the Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies, The Washington Post, and Carnegie’s Sada, among others. Her research has received funding from the US National Science Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, Riksbankens Jubilieumsfond, the Social Science Research Council, and APSA among others. She has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt.
In her free time Kristen enjoys playing competitive beach volleyball, cooking (and eating) new types of food, and learning languages.
The ABCs of Covid-19 prevention in Malawi: Authority, benefits, and costs of
Historical Legacies, Social Cleavages, and Support for Political
Stigma, Trust, and Procedural Integrity: Covid-19 Testing in
Does it matter what observers say? The impact of international election monitoring on
What do Jordan’s Election Results
Kristen Kao, E.J. Karmel
The Washington Post Monkey Cage - 2020-01-01
Female Electability in the Arab World: The Advantages of
Kristen Kao, Lindsay Benstead
Comparative politics - 2020-01-01
Disease Threat, Stereotypes, and Covid–19: An Early View from Malawi and
Retribution or Reconciliation? Attitudes Toward Rebel Collaborators in
Kristen Kao, Mara Revkin
How the Iraqi crackdown on the Islamic State may actually increase support for the Islamic
Kristen Kao, Mara Revkin
The Washington Post Monkey Cage - 2019-01-01
Using Tablet Computers to Implement Surveys in Challenging
Electoral Institutions and Ethnic
American Political Science Association Comparative Politics Newsletter - 2017-01-01
Governance and Service Delivery in the Middle East and North
Money Machine: Do the Poor Demand
Are Islamists Making A Comeback in the Middle East? Here’s Why They Succeed - and
Why Did the Arab Uprisings Turn Out as They Did? A Survey of the
Use of Tablet Computers to Implement the Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in Tunisia. Working Paper No. 6, November