Didi Kuo

Photograph of Joanna Didi Kuo. © 2011 Ned Jackson

Didi Kuo is a research scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University, and an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America.

At CDDRL, she manages the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective, which seeks to bridge academic and policy discussions about problems in American democracy. She is also an affiliate of the Project on Global Populisms at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies.

She works on issues in comparative and American politics, including democratization, clientelism and corruption, political parties, and political reform. Her current research investigates the decline of political parties in advanced democracies. It traces related trends of eroding party organization and of party convergence on significant policy areas since the 1970s.

She received a PhD in political science from Harvard University; as a Marshall Scholar, she studied economic history at Oxford University and politics at the University of Essex. She received a BA in political science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, her hometown.