Graduate Students

Kathryn Wainfan

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CPhil Political Science, UCLA (2015); MSc International Relations, London School of Economics (2011); BS Political Science, University of Michigan (2010)

Fields of Study

Comparative Politics, Political Methodology and Formal Theory, British Politics


I study comparative politics in developed democracies, focusing primarily on political party organization and strategy. My dissertation asks why parties support the creation or empowerment of sub-national governments and how these decisions impact the long-term fortunes of different kinds of parties. I have also studied the the roles that cohesion and discipline play in MP party loyalty and how niche parties influence government spending in coalition governments. 


Michael Thies (Chair), Kathleen Bawn, Christopher Tausanovitch, John Agnew (Geography)