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College of Arts and Sciences

Alexandra ‘Ali’ Cirone

Assistant Professor

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Academic focus:

European politics, historical political economy, legislative institutions

Current research project: 

One project is a book about the use of lottery-based procedures in officer selection in parliaments across 19th century Europe, during the early stages of democratization. Another project looks at multi-level governance in the European Union, and studies how multiple office holding affects preferences for supranational party development.

Previous positions: 

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Economy, London School of Economics, 2017-2018
  • Predoctoral Fellow, London School of Economics, 2014-2018
  • Research Manager, Evidence for Policy Design, Harvard Kennedy School, 2006-2009

Academic background: 

  • Ph.D., Political science, Columbia University, 2017
  • M.A., Political science, Columbia University, 2011
  • M.Phil., Political science, Columbia University, 2012
  • A.B., Political science, University of Chicago, 2006

Last book read:

“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik

In your own time/when not working:

Watching British crime procedurals, playing the cello, slow cooking, cathedrals, hopping across the pond

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Post Truth Politics, because we desperately need to engage with fake news and its consequences for modern politics

What most excites you about Cornell: 

Testing the caliber of the students. Leaf peeping in the fall. Raiding the farmers' market.

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