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Rachel Beatty Riedl

John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, Goverment

 Rachel Beatty Riedl

Academic focus: 

Civic engagement and political participation, culture/religious impacts on political behavior, political parties and party systems; democratization, regime transition; historical institutionalism; identity politics and representation; local governance and decentralization; urban studies; African politics

Current research project: 

Urban-rural linkages and politics In Sub-Saharan Africa 

Previous positions:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Institute for Policy Research Fellow, Northwestern University, 2016-2019
  • Director, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 2018-2019
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, 2010-2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University 2009-2010
  • Visiting Fellow, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2008

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Political science, Princeton University, 2008
  • B.A., International relations, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2000

Last book read:

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

In your own time/when not working:

Travel with my family; run, bike, swim, cross-country ski

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Democracy and Authoritarianism: Global Challenges and Opportunities, Religion and Politics

What most excites you about Cornell:

I am honored and excited to build upon Cornell’s unique strengths across the university in international studies, to leverage the vast array of expertise and engaged research among the faculty and broader global community.

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