Megan Reif

researching the (difficult) pathway(s) to democracy

Megan Reif is a political scientist studying election violence, reform, and democratization across history and polities. She has area expertise in the Middle East and North Africa and South Asia, particularly Algeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. She applies multiple research methods to understand when and why people risk their lives to support or undermine democracy. In her collaborative reserach and field work, she aims to build the research capacity of scholars and practitioners in developing democracies. Currently, Reif is a research fellow with the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg Department of Political Science and Project Manager for the Middle East and North Africa and Election Violence and Fraud for the Varieties of Democracy Project.

Photo: 1898 Wilmington, NC Race Riot (Creative Commons License)