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Kristen Kao


Kristen Kao
+46 31 786 3353

Room number: A110D
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Kristen Kao

Kristen Kao is a Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg. She first traveled to the Middle East on a Fulbright grant to Egypt in 2006. Since then, she has spent summers in Oman, Syria, Tunisia, and Kuwait culminating in more than three years of fieldwork in Jordan. She has served as a program consultant and election monitor for a variety of international organizations including The Carter Center, Freedom House, and the National Democratic Institute. In 2014, she ran a nationwide survey in Jordan in collaboration with Ellen Lust and Lindsay Benstead funded by the GLD program at Yale.

Her dissertation research investigates the effects of electoral institutions on tribal voting behavior, ethnic clientelism, and authoritarian rule in the Middle East. This research has important implications for policymakers and democracy promotion programs, shifting the focus from what authoritarian elections do at the national level to how differing electoral institutions shape citizen-state linkages at the sub-national level.

Kristen’s broader research interests include the study of vote buying and clientelism, social identity politics, survey methodology, experimental design, politics of the Middle East and North Africa region, traditional governance, and voter behavior. Her research has received funding from the Swedish Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Center of Oriental Research, the National Security Education Program, and the Project on Middle East Political Science, among others. With the GLD program at the University of Gothenburg Kristen helps manage the fielding of surveys, including one carried out in Malawi (N=7,500) in 2016 and three others in Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi in 2019 (N=25,000), as well as organize and analyze the resulting data for publication in reports and academic papers. Her upcoming funded research agenda focuses on the integration of forced migrants in Turkey, Jordan, and Sweden. She has published in Comparative Politics and Survey Practice.

Please see her CV for more information.

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Governance and Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa
Adam Harris, Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust, Jens Ewald, Petter Holmgren
The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), Working paper 2017
Working paper

Money Machine: Do the Poor Demand Clientelism?
Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust, Lise Rakner
The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), Working paper 2017
Working paper


Use of Tablet Computers to Implement the Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in Tunisia. Working Paper No. 6, November 2015
Lindsay Benstead, Kristen Kao, Pierre Landry, Ellen Lust, Dhafer Malouche
The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), Working paper 2015
Working paper

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