Democratic Erosion

a cross-university collaboration

Anne Meng

Instructor, University of Virginia


Anne Meng is an Assistant Professor in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia. She is teaching two seminars on authoritarian regimes in spring 2018 and will be incorporating material from the democratic erosion course into the seminars. Her research centers on authoritarian politics, institutions and game-theoretic approaches to the study of dictatorship, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently working on a book project on how executive constraints become established in dictatorships, primarily in state constitutions and presidential cabinets. She also has other work on autocratic leadership succession, ruling parties, electoral authoritarianism, and coup proofing. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and also holds a M.A. in Economics from Berkeley. Her work has been published in Studies in Comparative International Development and won the 2016 Best Paper Award from the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association.