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. 


I study political violence in non-democracies, especially how dictators maintain power. My dissertation examines the causes of elite purges in dictatorships at the cross-national and individual-levels. I examine various hypotheses using a range of original quantitative and qualitative data, including individual-level quantitative data on elite purges in Kim Jong-un’s North Korea.

Selected Publications: 


"Rethinking Democratic Diffusion: Bringing Regime Type Back In." Forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies (with Sheena Chestnut Greitens).

"Pre-Electoral Violence and Territorial Control: Political Dominance and Subnational Election Violence in Africa.” Forthcoming at Journal of Peace Research (with Michael Wahman).

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

“Help is Close at Hand? Proximity and the Effectiveness of Peacekeepers.” Research & Politics 2018 (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).


“The Importance of Regime Similarity to Explain Democratic Diffusion.” Democratic Audit, June 26, 2019 (with Sheena Chestnut Greitens).

“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).