Paul Friesen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Paul’s research centers broadly around democratization with special focus on political parties, elections and political behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to being a teaching assistant, he has also served as graduate statistical consultant for the Center of Social Research, research assistant for the Varieties of Democracy project, and comparative politics student representative while at Notre Dame. Paul holds a B.A. in International Studies from Taylor University and a Master of Public Policy with a specialization in international development from Michigan State University.
Prior to pursing his doctoral degree, Paul worked as development professional and political analyst at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs supporting the Southern and East Africa team to win and manage democracy strengthening grants in addition to organizations including The Fund for Peace, World Vision International and Joint Aid Management in Washington, D.C. He also served as a research assistant for the Afrobarometer and has conducted field work in Ghana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. His published work has appeared in Democratization and Democracy and Society.