Paul Friesen is a PhD candidate in political science and a Dissertation Year Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, graduating July 2022. Paul’s research centers on developing an in-depth understanding of political behavior, party attachment, and electoral competition across African countries. His dissertation investigates the nature of partisanship in Botswana and Zimbabwe, and the social divides across nationalism, authority, and traditional governance between ruling and opposition parties. His peer-reviewed research has been published in Democratization, Party Politics, Scientific Reports, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, and is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. His political analyses have been published in media outlets including the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Conservation, Mischiefs of Faction, and Huffington Post.
Paul holds a BA 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 in Washington, DC, as a development professional and political analyst at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on the Southern and East Africa team. He also served as a research assistant for the Afrobarometer and Varieties of Democracy projects.
2020 John Sullivan Award for his paper, The Logic of Group Voting: A Global Examination of Social Identities in Political Institutions
Kellogg Names Two Dissertation Award Recipients
Nov 22, 2022
For the first time, the Kellogg Institute has named two winners of the annual Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development: Paul Friesen (PhD ‘22, political science) and Ilana Rothkopf (PhD ‘22, political science).
New Book on Democracy Includes Kellogg Contributors
Jul 8, 2022
A new book co-edited by Kellogg Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge titled Why Democracies Develop and Decline has been published by Cambridge University Press. Contributions to the book were made by Coppedge, former Visiting Fellow John Gerring, and former Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellows Benjamin Denison, Paul Friesen (PhD Fellow), and Lucía Tiscornia (PhD Fellow), among others.
Pandemic Pivot: Shiraef Leads Team of Scholars Studying Whether Border Closures Affected COVID-19’s Spread
May 10, 2022
When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly halted international travel, Mary Shiraef’s fieldwork plan to investigate the outcomes of communist-era border policies in Albania was postponed indefinitely. So she pivoted.