Dr. Amanda  Edgell

Dr. Amanda Edgell

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, University of Florida
  • MA, Texas A&M University
  • BS, Appalachian State University

Research Areas

  • Comparative politics


Office Hours:

Tuesdays 3:45pm-4:45pm or By appointment

Research interests:

  • Authoritarianism and democratization
  • Women and politics
  • African politics
  • Political institutions
  • International norms

Teaching interests:

  • Introduction to comparative politics
  • Authoritarianism
  • Democratization
  • African politics
  • Politics of foreign aid

Selected Publications

  • Bernhard, Michael, Amanda B. Edgell, and Staffan I. Lindberg. (2020). Institutionalizing electoral uncertainty and authoritarian regime survival. European Journal of Political Research, 59 (2), 465–487.
  • Nzau, Mumo and Amanda B. Edgell. (2019). Judicial independence and civil liberties in transitional democracies: The case of Kenya. Human Rights Quarterly, 41 (2), 454–496.
  • Edgell, Amanda B., Valeriya Mechkova, David Altman, Michael Bernhard, and Staffan I. Lindberg. (2018). When and where do elections matter? A global test of the democratization by elections hypothesis, 1900–2010. Democratization, 25 (3), 422–444.
  • Edgell, Amanda B. (2018). Vying for a man seat: Gender quotas and sustainable representation in Africa. African Studies Review, 61 (1), 185–214.
  • Edgell, Amanda B. (2017). Foreign aid, democracy, and gender quota laws. Democratization, 24 (6), 1103–1141.