I am a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative. For the 2020-2021 academic year, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center. In Fall 2021, I will join the faculty at Vanderbilt University as assistant professor of political science.

My research examines how the rules governing autocratic elected institutions influence politics. My studies and individual projects have been generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Project on Middle East Political Science, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Columbia Department of Political Science.

My work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Politics.

I hold a PhD in political science from Columbia University and a BS from Yale University. Before entering academia, I was a research associate at the RAND Corporation and a Fulbright fellow in Syria.

You can reach me at erin [dot] york [at] columbia [dot] edu.