Michael Wahman

Michael Wahman
Assistant Professor
Comparative Politics
201 Prof. Bldg.

Michael Wahman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. He holds a PhD from Lund University (Sweden) and has previously held teaching and research positions at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg. Most recently, he was a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he was financed by a larger grant from the Swedish Research Council.


His work focuses on democratization more broadly and he has a specific interest in elections and parties in new democracies and electoral autocracies. His regional specialization is Sub-Saharan Africa and he is currently involved in a research project on the sub-national dynamics of African elections. Please see his website for a complete list of published and ongoing work.

Beside his main research interest in African politics, Dr. Wahman also has a particular teaching interest in European politics. He has taught several courses in European politics, research design, and democratization theory at University of Missouri, LSE, UT-Austin, and Lund University.

  • Comparative Political Systems
  • The Politics of Modern Europe
  • The Age of Democratization
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (Graduate)
  • Elections in New Democracies (Graduate)
Selected Publications: 


Patel, Nandini and Michael Wahman (Eds.). 2015. The 2014 Malawi Tripartite Elections. Is Democracy Maturing?. Lilongwe: National Initiative for Civic Education.


Goldring, Edward and Michael Wahman. Forthcoming. “Fighting for a Name on the Ballot: A Constituency-Level Analysis of Nomination Violence in Zambia.” Democratization. Pages: TBA.

Wahman, Michael and Cooper Drury. Forthcoming, “Leverage, Diplomacy, and African Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgendered and, Intersexual Rights: Malawi and Zambia Compared.” Journal of Human Rights. Pages: TBA. 

Teorell, Jan and Michael Wahman. Forthcoming. Institutional Stepping Stones for Democracy: How and Why Multiparyism Enhances Democratic Change. Democratization. Pages: TBA. 

Wahman, Michael and Catherine Boone. Forthcoming. “Captured Countryside? Stability and Change in Sub-National Support for African Incumbent Parties.” Comparative Politics. Pages: TBA.

Wahman, Michael. 2017. “Nationalized Incumbents and Regional Challengers – Opposition and Incumbent Party Nationalization in Africa.” Party Politics, 23(3): 309-322.

Wahman. Michael. 2016. “Opposition Coordination in Africa.” APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter, 14(1): 1-7.  

Boone, Catherine and Michael Wahman. 2015. “Rural Bias in African Electoral Systems- Legacies of Unequal Representation in African Democracies.” Electoral Studies, 40: 335-346.

von Soest, Christian and Michael Wahman. 2015. “Are Democratic Sanctions Really Counterproductive?” Democratization, 22(6): 957-980.

von Soest, Christian and Michael Wahman. 2015. “Not all Dictators are Equal: Coups, Fraudulent Elections and the Selective Targeting of Democratic Sanctions.” Journal of Peace Research, 52(1): 17-31. 

Wahman, Michael and Daniel Chapman. 2015. “The Persistent and Increasing Problem of Malapportionment in Malawi- A Statistical Argument for Redistricting.” in Patel, Nandini and Michael Wahman (Eds.) The 2014 Malawi Tripartite Elections. Is Democracy Maturing?.. Lilongwe: National Initiative for Civic Education, pp. 52-69.

Wahman, Michael. 2014. “Electoral Coordination in Anglophone African.”  Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 52(2): 187-211.

Wahman, Michael. 2014. “Democratization and Electoral Turnovers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond.” Democratization, 21(2): 220-243.

Wahman, Michael, Jan Teorell and Axel Hadenius. 2013. “Authoritarian Regime Types Revisited: Updated Data in Comparative Perspective.” Contemporary Politics, 19(1): 19-34.

Wahman, Michael. 2013. “Opposition Coalitions and Democratization by Elections.” Government and Opposition, 48(1): 3-32.

Wahman, Michael. 2011. “Offices and Policies: Why do Oppositional Parties Form Pre-electoral Coalitions in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes?” Electoral Studies, 30(4): 642-657.