The Student Research Committee on Comparative Politics conducts research in broad range of topics including but not limited to comparative political party systems, electoral studies, political elites, and comparative conflict studies. The committee has a strong interest in specific geographical and spatial research areas, such as Latin America and periods of organize crime, and Korean and Japanese party politics under the American occupation.

In the year 2015/16, our committee members are attending IAPSS World Congress in Berlin, ECPR Graduate Student Conference in Tartu and also ECPR General Conference in Prague.  Due to the wide range of interests of its members, this year the committee takes a closer look into the diverse topics of East Asia regionalism and Constructivism, Peruvian Politics, decentralization studies, and federalism. Our committee will benefit from interdisciplinary research and be in close cooperation with other Student Research Committees.

The SRC on Comparative Politics serves as a shared platform for discussing research ideas, and facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation. Our members enjoy a multicultural research atmosphere and critical perspectives from different backgrounds and research interests.


JeongWoo LeeJeongWoo Lee, Chair of the SRC

JeongWoo is MA candidate of Korea University, South Korea and holds BA of political science from Kangwon National University, South Korea. He committed his research at Nagasaki University, Japan with a support of Japan Student Support Organization(JASSO) from 2014 to 2015 about the American occupation of Korea. His BA thesis is about the American occupational policy on activities of political parties, 1945-1948. He is currently concentrating on quantitative method and cabinet duration of presidential democracies in East Asia for his master.

Ece KuralZubeyde Ece Kural

Ece is a current MSc candidate in Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. She holds a BA in International Relations and Psychology from Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, she developed an interest in quantitative conflict studies and took part in joint research projects on terrorism and electoral studies. Her main areas of interest are political psychology, terrorism studies, and social movements.

LudmLudmila Quirósila Quirós

BA in Political Science and International Relations (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa). Postgraduate course in Public Policy, Development and Regional Integration (Flacso – Argentina). Member of IPSA (International Political Science Association) and IAPSS (International Association for Political Science Students). Fields of interest: Latin American Studies, Political Regimes, Political Parties, Electoral Systems and Organized Crime in the Americas.

14Noman Ahmed Ashraf

Noman Ahmed Ashraf, originally from Yemen, is an undergraduate political science student at the American University in Cairo. He is specializing in Middle East politics and international relations, and minoring in economics and community development. Apart from Middle East politics, he is interested in peacekeeping and regime change.

Yann Aoudourm13

Aoudourm Yann is a senior undergraduate student (finished all courses but capstone) majoring in Political Science at the Department of Social Science and International Relations (SSIR), Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC). He has completed a series of political courses when he executively undertook his scholarship-exchange programs at Silla University, Republic of South Korea and Presbyterian College, USA. Academically, he earlier was research assistant to a lecturer for a project called “Violence against Children in Cambodia”, a project of UNICEF/CORAM and research consultant for a team of researchers from Columbia University/USAID for another project named “Children out of Family Care.” His areas of interests center on East & Southeast Asia Region in particular regionalism, military strategies and defenses, political culture and socialization, comparative political systems and regimes and diplomacy.

Mikita HanetsMikita Hanets

Mikita Hanets is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Lewis & Clark College in the United States. His research interests include the study of extremism, democratization and authoritarian regimes with a predominant focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Mikita completed an internship in the U.S. Congress and has a background in American politics. He employs both quantitative and qualitative methods for his research.

15Noella Kisina

Currently in her final year of undergraduate study; graduating with a BA in International Relations and Politics at the University of Salford, United Kingdom. She will undertake a Postgraduate MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, at the United Nations University-MERIT. Areas of interest include: International relations and foreign policy, regionalism and multi-level governance.

16Lay Sheng

Lay Sheng is a second year undergraduate majoring in politics at the London School of Economics (LSE). His research interests range from Southeast Asian politics to positive political theory. In particular, he is concerned with the methodological implications of postcolonial theory in Eurocentrism in political science. He has also been actively involved with the LSE Undergraduate Political Review as an associate editor.

17Florian Stolpe

Florian has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and Law from the University of Münster and a Master’s degree in Peace and Development Work from Linnaeus University, Växjö. His undergraduate studies were largely focused on International Relations and international law as well as the research nexus of development and conflict. In his graduate studies he focussed more on the political aspects in developing and post-conflict countries with an emphasis on democratisation and decentralisation. Further areas of interest are comparative conflict studies and dimensions of governance and legitimacy on the local, the national and international level.


Dobbs_PhotoKirstie Lynn Dobbs

Kirstie Lynn Dobbs is currently a PhD candidate in Global Politics at Loyola University Chicago with an emphasis in comparative politics, global governance, foreign policy analysis and a minor in American politics. Her research focuses on revolutionary and post-revolutionary behavior with an emphasis on youth. Her dissertation investigates the political behavior of revolutionary youth in the aftermath of regime change, with a specific focus on Tunisia after the Arab Spring. Integrating quantitative statistical methods with qualitative interview responses is the chosen methodological approach for this dissertation. Outside of the field of comparative politics, she serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs.