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Dr Patrick M Kuhn, Lic. phil. I, MA & PhD (University of Rochester, USA)

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Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47204
Room number: SE118, Southend House
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre

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Patrick joined Durham University in 2014 as Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics. He received Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2014. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a Senior (2012-2013) and Postdoctoral Research Associate (2013-2014) in the Empirical Studies of Conflict Research (ESOC) project as well as a Lecturer in Public and International Affairs (2013-2014) at Princeton University's Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. From 2016 to 2019 he was also a part-time Lecturer at ETH Zurich's Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy

Patrick's research falls within Comparative Political Economy of Development and Conflict. He is the principal investigator of a joint ESRC/AHRC funded project that studies the causes and consequences of electoral violence in England and Wales 1832-1914. It involves the creation of a fine-grained, geocoded event database of election violence, which is subsequently merged with various other data sources from the time period to study the causes, dynamics, and ultimately the demise of violence during elections. Aside from this project, he has been working on electoral politics, as well as economic and political development (mostly but not exclusively sub-Saharan Africa), and survey methodology, in particular regarding the measurement of sensitive items, such as turnout.

In addition to my publications, current drafts of working papers can be found on his private website as well as on his Google Scholar Profile.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy of Development and Conflict
  • Econometrics
  • Formal Theory

Teaching Areas

  • SGIA 2341 Research Project (The Politics of ICT)

    (18 hours/year.)
  • SGIA 2361 Analytical Politics

    (9 hours/year.)
  • SGIA 3691 The Political Science of Contemporary Issues (26 hours/year.)
  • SGIA 48115 Empirical Research in Politics, IR & Security (6 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Kuhn, Patrick M. (2015). Do Contentious Elections Trigger Violence?. In Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades. Norris, Pippa, Frank, Richard W. & Martínez i Coma, Ferran New York: Routledge. 89-110.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Politics & Society: Political Economy of Development
  • Politics & Society: Swiss Politics
  • Social sciences: Quantitative Social Science Research Methods


Selected Grants

  • 2018: Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales 1832-1914 (£504,077 from the ESRC/AHRC). Patrick Kuhn (PI), Gidon Cohen and Nick Vivyan.
  • 2017: Reducing Turnout Misreporting Through Contextualization (£10,000.00 from the British Academy). Nick Vivyan (PI) and Patrick Kuhn.
  • 2013: Research Grant, State Department of the United States of America, Washington DC for the Pakistan Flood Project ($5000.00)
  • 2011: National Science Foundation Attendance Grant to the Summer Institute on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, USA