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Rachel Beatty Riedl


Rachel Beatty Riedl

Uris Hall, Room 170A



Rachel Beatty Riedl is the Director of the Einaudi Center for International Studies and the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies in the Government department. 

Her research interests include institutional development in new democracies, local governance and decentralization policy, authoritarian regime legacies, and religion and politics, with a regional focus in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Previously, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research, and Director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University.  She has also been a visiting fellow at the Yale Program on Democracy, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chair of the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association. PhD Princeton University.


  • Government


  • Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies


  • Research Interest(s): Comparative Democratization; Political Party Systems and Democratic Institutions; Decentralization and Local Governance; Authoritarian Legacies; Religion and Politics
  • Program Area(s): Comparative Politics
  • Regional Specialization(s): Africa
  • Subfield Specialties: Comparative Historical Analysis; Political Parties