Welcome to my personal web site! Starting in August 2018, I will be assistant professor of political science at Swarthmore College, having previously taught 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 second book, State Crisis in Fragile Democracies: Polarization and Political Regimes in South America, was 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 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.
OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH