Joanna Didi Kuo

Photograph of Joanna Didi Kuo. © 2011 Ned Jackson

Didi Kuo is a research scholar at Stanford University, where she manages the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective at Stanford's Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. She is a 2018 New America Fellow.

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. While these trends have helped parties remain electorally competitive, they have also produced crises of governance and have fueled voter detachments and distrust of party institutions. She recently wrote about parties and polarization for The American Interest.

Her work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Global Politics, and The American Interest, and her book, Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She received a PhD in political science from Harvard University in 2013; 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, where she was born and raised.

Her CV is available here

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