Susan Stokes

The Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Political Science and the College

Susan Stokes is interested in democratic theory and how democracy functions in developing societies, as well as in distributive politics and comparative political behavior. She received the George H. Hallett Award from the American Political Science Association for Mandates and Democracy: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America (Cambridge, 2001), in recognition of the book’s lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems. Another of her co-authored books, Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism: The Puzzle of Distributive Politics (Cambridge, 2013), garnered several prizes.

Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Perspectives on Politics, the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the Latin American Research Review. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the MacArthur Foundation, and Fulbright programs. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Stokes returns to the University of Chicago from Yale University, where she was the John S. Saden Professor of Political Science, director of the Program on Democracy, and chair of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies. She holds an MA in anthropology and a PhD in political science from Stanford University.

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