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Thalia Gerzso

Graduate Student

Thalia Gerzso

Educational Background

  • Master of International Law from the University Paris 2 Panthéon Assas
  • Master of Law from Cornell Law School. Admitted to the New York Bar, I worked as a human rights advocate and lawyer for NGOs and law firms. 



My research focuses on autocratic resilience and formal institutions. More specifically, I am interested in how constitutional design facilitates autocratic stability. I have a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and seek to develop new tools to conduct quantitative analyses of legal documents.


sub-Saharan Africa, authoritarian regime, democratization, democratic backsliding, formal institutions, constitutionalism. 



  • Government


Comparative Politics, sub-Saharan Africa, Authoritarianism, Regime Change, Democratization, Comparative Constitutional Law, Formal Institutions