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Paul Friesen

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Democratic Threats Postdoctoral Fellow

Paul Friesen is part of the Einaudi Center's democratic threats and resilience research team, monitoring evolving democratic norms and threats to democracy in the United States and around the world.

His research and teaching interests focus on democratization, elections, political parties, and political behavior in sub-Saharan Africa. His publications include an article in World Politics (2024) and a chapter in Why Democracies Develop and Decline (Cambridge UP, 2022).

Friesen completed his PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame, with support as a Dissertation Year Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. His dissertation project focused on partisanship and ideology in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

As a development professional and political analyst at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Friesen supported the Southern and East Africa team in winning and managing democracy-strengthening grants in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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  • Postdoc
  • Einaudi Faculty Associate