Ed Goldring

Ed Goldring
Comparative Politics
International Relations
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M.A., Intelligence and International Security, with Distinction, King’s College London, 2013.

B.Sc., Politics, University of Bristol, 2010. 


My research focuses on how non-democratic leaders maintain and lose power. This ranges from leaders in competitive authoritarian regimes to fully-fledged autocrats. The specific projects I am currently working on include the international diffusion of autocratic regime breakdown, and questions relating to the use of information communication technologies in autocracies, particularly North Korea.

Papers and Presentations: 



“Should We Talk About the Weather? How Party Competition and Coalition Participation Influence Parties’ Attention to Economic Issues..” Accepted at Party Politics (with Brandon 'Beomseob’ Park and Laron Williams).

“Help is Close at Hand? Proximity and the Effectiveness of Peacekeepers.” Accepted at Research & Politics (with Michael Hendricks).

“Fighting for a Name on the Ballot: Constituency-Level Analysis of Nomination Violence in Zambia.” Democratization 2018, 25(6) (with Michael Wahman).


“North Korea is Marching with South Korea at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Does This Mean a Diplomatic Thaw is Coming?” Washington Post, February 9, 2018.

“Will U.N. sanctions stop North Korean missile tests? Don’t count on it.” Washington Post, August 9, 2017.

“North Korea: Markets and Military Rule (book review).” Democratization, 2016.

“Democracy in Reverse: The 2016 General Election in Zambia.” Africa Spectrum 2016, 51(3) (with Michael Wahman). 

Conference Presentations

“Territorial Control and Electoral Violence in Africa” (with Michael Wahman), Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, 2017.

“Sequencing and Party Dominance in Local Election Violence: The Case of Zambia” (with Michael Wahman), Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, 2016.