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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

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

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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 Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Patrick's research falls within Comparative Political Economy of Development and Conflict. He is currently involved in three research projects. The first is 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. The second project uses data from police booklets on over 10,000 Kenyan Police men between 1945 and 1970 to study the behavioral shifts within a large bureaucracy due to various political shocks and institutional changes. In particular, this project is interested in how the Mau Mau Uprising (1952-1960) and the subsequent independence process affected bureaucratic politics and dynamics. The final project, supported by a British Academy/Leverhulm Trust Small Grant, aims to develop a new turnout question in post-election surveys that significantly reduces misreporting.

Current drafts of working papers on each of the projects 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 1191: Democratic Systems (10 hours/year.)
  • SGIA 2321 Democracy and Democratic Theory (10 hours/year.)
  • SGIA 2341 Research Project (The Politics of ICT) (20 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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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


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Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 191 334 5742

F: +44 (0) 191 334 5661