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Academic biography

Comparative Democratisation and Dictatorships, Comparative Politics, Post-Soviet and Russian Politics

Alexander Baturo works on various aspects of comparative democratization, political leadership, and post-Soviet politics. Particularly, his research focuses on presidentialism and personalism across the world, institutions in non-democracies, regime deinstitutionalisation, the effects of political leaders' background and traits on political and economic outcomes, the influence of institutions and the economy on leaders' behaviour and careers, computerised analyses of political rhetoric and the text-as-data methods, e.g., rhetoric and elite management in non-democratic regimes  and analyses of debates in the United Nations General Assembly. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political StudiesBritish Journal of Political Science, and Public Choice, among others.  Alexander Baturo received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2007). In 2017 he was the International Visiting Fellow at the Essex University (UK) and a visiting professor at the Leiden University (the Netherlands).    

Baturo is the author of Democracy, Dictatorship, and Term Limits, published by the Michigan University Press (2014).  This book was awarded the 2015 Brian Farrell prize for the best book published in political studies by a member of the Political Science Association of Ireland. He is a co-editor (with Robert Elgie) of The Politics of Presidential Term Limits (under contract with the Oxford University Press). 

Alexander Baturo has supervised four PhD students successfully to completion. He welcomes PhD applications in any area of comparative democratization and dictatorships (in comparative perspective across the world), post-Soviet politics, as well as on subjects in general comparative politics and political economy of development (e.g., revolving door and business-political ties, applications of text-as-data methods, etc).