Bryn Rosenfeld

Assistant Professor


Bryn Rosenfeld is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. Her research interests include political behavior, development and democratization, protest, post-communist politics, and survey methodology. Her first book, The Autocratic Middle Class (Princeton University Press, 2020) explains how middle-class economic dependence on the state impedes democratization and contributes to authoritarian resilience. Her other projects investigate the causes and consequences of participation in mass demonstrations, how economic performance affects the popularity of ruling parties in electoral autocracies, and how Russian media respond to government pressure. She is also interested in statistical methods for studying protest participation and survey experiments for sensitive topics. Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Sociological Methods & Research. Previously, Professor Rosenfeld was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California, a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and worked for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Opinion Research. She is the recipient of a Best Article Award honorable mention and the Juan Linz Best Dissertation Prize, both by the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Democracy & Autocracy Section, as well as the U.S. State Department’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards for her analysis of Russian public opinion. She holds a PhD from Princeton University.

Research Focus

Comparative Politics, Political Behavior, Development and Democratization, Authoritarian Regimes, Protest, Post-communism, Survey Methods

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