OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
Welcome to my personal web site! I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Utah. My research and teaching interests lie in the area of comparative politics, with a regional focus on Latin America and a substantive emphasis on electoral politics (both institutions and behavior) and political regimes. My new book, State Crisis in Fragile Democracies: Polarization and Political Regimes in South America, was just published in July 2017 by Cambridge University Press. I am currently embarking on two new projects exploring the topic of rising international illiberalism. The first examines the influence of autocratic rising powers like China and Russia on regime dynamics and public opinion in the developing world. The second explores how autocratic regimes utilize and manipulate alternative (ie, non liberal-procedural) notions of "democracy" in order to build and retain legitimacy and popular support. Feel free to contact me at sam.handlin [at] utah.edu or samhandlin [at] gmail.com.