Department of Political Science
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Phone: (202) 994-6290
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Colm Fox

Colm Fox

Office — DHH 609 21st St., Room 202

Office Hours — Monday 9:30-11:00; Wednesday 12:30-2:00

E-mail — colm@gwmail.gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise —

Democracy, Electoral Campaigns, Voting Behavior, Identity, Conflict, and Southeast Asian Politics

Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — International Relations

Education

B.A. in Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland

Masters in Pacific & International Affairs, UCSD

Background

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Personal Website

Dissertation —

Dissertation Title: Appealing to the Masses: Institutions, Identity, and Electoral Competition in Southeast Asia
Committee: Henry Hale (chair), Susan Sell, Nathan Brown, William Liddle (The Ohio State University)

My dissertation investigates how, and why, electoral candidates in emerging democracies mobilize ethnic groups (indigenous, linguistic, religious, etc.). For quantitative data on campaign appeals, I gathered and preformed a content analysis on 15,000 campaign posters and thousands of local newspaper articles from recent elections in Indonesia. During two years of field research I also did over 100 interviews, attended campaign events, and gathered data on candidates and electoral districts. Findings from my research show that the politicization of identity groups has been dramatically affected by Indonesia‚Äôs transition to democracy, the choice of electoral rules, and the social structure of electoral districts. For more on my dissertation research visit my website www.colmfox.com