Democratic Erosion

a cross-university collaboration

Steve Rosenzweig

Instructor, Boston University


Steve Rosenzweig is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he is teaching an undergraduate course on democratic erosion in fall 2017. He studies comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a particular focus on political violence, electoral accountability, and African politics. His book project investigates the logic of violence in electoral competition, analyzing why politicians use violence as an electoral tactic and how it affects voting behavior. He has also studied how the partisanship of elected officials affects local ethnic violence, as well as the relationship between electoral competition and local public goods provision. Current projects include researching the effects of party primaries in developing democracies, education and nationalism in Africa, and how access to better information about voters shapes politicians’ use of illicit electoral strategies. Steve’s research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science and Electoral Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.