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Visiting Scholar Program

The V-Dem Institute is on a regular basis organizing seminars focusing various topics within the field of democracy research. Leading international scholars visit University of Gothenburg to present their research. The seminars focuses on topics such as democratization in different parts of the world, effects of democratization, electoral violence, persistence of inequality in new democracies etc. The seminars are open for the general public and the venue for seminars is the V-Dem Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg.

We are accepting applications for visitors, the application must include a draft paper that uses V-Dem data + CV + a short letter outlining reasons for wanting to visit. Please submit your application in good time.

For more information about opprotunities to present your research at a V-Dem seminar, please contact Natalia Stepanova at

Schedule for the V-Dem Lunch Seminars Spring 2017

Download the program here V-Dem Lunch Seminars Spring 2017_detailed.pdf (156.8 KB) .

18 January: Matthew Cleary (visiting scholar 16-20 January). Associate Professor, Syracuse University

Electoral Integrity, Democracy Promotion, and the Folk Theory of Democracy

1 February: Venuste Karambizi (visiting scholar 30 Jan-3 February), Senior Lecturer of International Relations at Kigali Independent University

Constitutionalism in Africa: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects

15 February: Dominika Koter (visiting scholar 13-17 February), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colgate University

Costly Electoral Campaigns and the Changing Composition and Quality of Parliament: Evidence from Benin

1 March: Henry Hale (visiting scholar 1-3 March), Professor, George Washington University

Explaining Authoritarian Rally Effects: Social Pressures and Media in Putin's Post-Crimea Surge in Popularity

15 March: Aina Gallego (visiting scholar 14-16 March), Assistant Professor at the Institut de Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

Educated politicians: Better quality or different policies?

29 March: Macartan Humphreys, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University

Information Technology and Political Engagement: Mixed Evidence from Uganda

30 March: David Sumpter, Professor, Uppsala University

Investigating democracy, values and development using a data-driven agent-based model

26 April: Ora John Reuter (visiting scholar 24-28 April), Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin

Political Participation and the Survival of Electoral Authoritarianism


Schedule for the V-Dem Lunch Seminars Fall 2016

Download the program here V-Dem Lunch Seminars Fall 2016.pdf (92.9 KB) .

14 September: Daniel Posner (visiting scholar 12-18 September). Accountability Can Transform (ACT) Health: A Randomized Evaluation of a Community-Based Monitoring Program of Healthcare Providers in Uganda

28 September: Erik Melander, Håvard Hegre. Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP)

11-13 October: V-Dem Modelling Week

This week will serve to situate the V-Dem modeling strategy in the larger context of latent variable modeling, and will involve both presentations regarding the V-Dem model and cutting-edge research in latent variable modeling, as well as workshops to facilitate the further use of these models

Daniel Pemstein (Assistant Professor, North Dakota State U), Alexander Tahk (Assistant Professor, UW-Madison), and Kyle Marquardt (PostDoc, V-Dem Institute)

26 October: Michael Bernhard (visiting scholar 22-28 October). Suicide by Competition? Authoritarian Institutional Adaptation and Regime Fragility

09 November: Steven Lloyd Wilson. Detecting Mass Protest through Social Media

23 November: Gerardo Munck (visiting scholar 21-26 November). Democratization in the Modern Age: The Evolution of Knowledge Since World War II

07 December: Constanza Sanhueza. "The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin: Electoral Systems, Integration Policies, Political Parties and Immigrant Constituencies in 8 European Democracies


Schedule for the V-Dem Lunch Seminars Spring 2016

Download the preliminary Program  V-Dem Lunch Seminars Spring 2016.pdf (92.3 KB)

20 January 12.00-13.00: Matthew Wilson, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University. 

Title: Understanding Authoritarian Trajectories: A Sequence Analytic Approach

3 February 12.00-13.00: Thomas Flores, Assistant Professor at George Mason University.

Book presentation: Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century

17 February 12.00-13.00: Keith Weghorst, Pre/Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.

Title: Legislative Candidacy in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from Tanzania

2 March 12.00-13.00: Saara Inkinen, Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Research Unit: Democracy and Democratization.

Title: Co-optation in Multiparty Autocracies: The Conditioning Effect of Party Systems

16 March 12.00-13.00: Anna Luhrmann, V-Dem Postdoc.

Title: Is Accountability Developmental?

13 April 12.00-13.00: Kelly McMann, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Case Western Reserve

University in the U.S.

Title: Electoral Freeness and Fairness:  The Connections between Subnational and National Elections-

27 April 12.00-13.00: Abrak Saati, Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Umeå University.

Title: Public participation in constitution building – an effective strategy for enhancing democracy?

11 May 12.00-13.00: Steven Fish, Professor Political Science, Berkeley University.

Title: tbd


Schedule for the V-Dem Lunch Seminars Fall 2015

Download the full Program  V-Dem Visiting Scholars Fall 2015.pdf (115.2 KB) .

8 September 12.00-13.15. Michael Dorsch. Assistant Professor, Central European University, Budapest. “Recessions, inequality, and democratization”. Room: Stora Skansen. 

22 September 12.00-13.15. Kyle Marquardt. V-Dem Post-Doc. “Language, ethnicity, and support for separatism: Survey evidence from Russian regions”. Room: Stora Skansen. 

29 September 12.00-13.15. David Altman. V-Dem Project Manager, Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. “Assessing the Impact of Electoral Quora and Democracy on the Electoral Success of Popular Votes”. Room: Stora Skansen. 

6 October 12.00-13.15. Nara Pavao. Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. “The Failures of Electoral Accountability for Corruption: Brazil and Beyond”. Room B210.

20 October 12.00-13.15. Richard Asante. V-Dem Regional Manager, Senior Research Fellow, University of Ghana, Legon. “Workable or Unworkable? An Assessment of Proposals to Appoint Ministers from Outside Parliament, Ghana”. Room: Stora Skansen. 

3 November 12.00-13.15. Carl-Henrik Knutsen. V-Dem Project Manager, Professor, University of Oslo. “Autocratic Elections: Stabilizing Tool or Force for Change?”. Room: Stora Skansen. 

17 November 12.00-13.15. Jeff Staton. V-Dem Project Manager, Professor, Emory U. “The Democratic Virtues of Non-Compliance”. Room: Stora Skansen. 

1 December 12.00-13.15. Carlos Gervasoni. V-Dem Regional Manager, Assistant Professor, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. "Varieties of Subnational Democracy: Measuring the Dimensions of Political Regimes through an Expert Survey in the Argentine Provinces and Mexican States". Room: Stora Skansen. 

Spring 2015

Download the full program V-Dem Visiting Scholars Spring 2015.pdf (96.3 KB) .

1) Abdoul Saidou, University of Ouaga II, Burkina Faso. V-Dem Seminar “Party systems and democratization in francophone Africa: a comparative study Burkina Faso-Niger”. February, 9 2015.

2) Leonardo Arriola, UC Berkeley. V-Dem Seminar “Electoral Violence in Democratizing Countries”. February, 24 2015.

3) Jan Teorell, Lund University. V-Dem Seminar "The Structure of the Executive in Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes". March, 10 2015.

4) Nikolay Marinov, Mannheim University. V-Dem Seminar “Does Social Media Promote Civic Activism? Evidence from a Field Experiment”. March, 31 2015.

5) Ekrem Karakoc, Binghamton University, SUNY. V-Dem Seminar “Persistence of Inequality in New Democracies”. April, 7 2015.

6) Kenneth Greene, University of Texas, Austin. V-Dem Seminar "Why Vote Buying Fails: Campaign Effects and the Breakdown of Machine Politics”. April, 21 2015.

7) Allen Hicken, University of Michigan. V-Dem Seminar "Institutional Subsystems and the Survival of Democracy: Do Political and Civil Society Matter?”. May, 5 2015.

8) Adrienne Lebas, American University. V-Dem Seminar co-shared with QoG. “Tax Compliance and Services Delivery in Urban Nigeria”. May, 19 2015.

9) Javier Corrales, Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. V-Dem Seminar “Venezuela after Chavez: the politics of barricades”. June, 9 2015.

Fall 2014

1) Daniel Pemstein, North Dakota State University. V-Dem Seminar “Google Politics: The Political Determinants of Internet Censorship”. September, 3 2014.

2) Filip Milacic, Humboldt University Berlin. V-Dem Seminar “Nation-state building, war and consolidation of democracy. Case study Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia”. October, 7 2014.

3) Adam Glynn, Emory University. V-Dem Seminar “Causation without Manipulation: A New Method (and why it matters for the V-Dem project)“. October, 23 2014.