Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado Denver and will soon defend my PhD thesis in political science at the University of Michigan. My research seeks to explain the use of election violence and intimidation. I use traditional quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My fieldwork and substantive areas of study have emphasized Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. My research addresses relationships between institutions, democratization, electoral corruption, crime, political violence, and terrorism. I am also interested in political geography. I have spent 14 months conducting dissertation fieldwork in Algeria and Pakistan, in addition to ongoing research on municipal elections in Newark, New Jersey. As part of my dissertation research, I advised Pakistan’s Free and Fair Election Network. I also authored The Asia Foundation's Voter Education Pre-Election Survey and Report leading up to the 2008 General Elections in Pakistan.
Previously, I was the 2005 Charles Manatt Democracy Studies Fellow at the International Foundation for Election Systems, working with the Election Violence Education and Resolution Program. Earlier, I observed both rounds of Indonesia’s 2004 presidential election as part of The Carter Center’s Election Observation Mission.
I have co-taught survey methodology courses in Algeria and Oman and co-edited a volume on Islam and Democracy in Algeria. Previously, I conducted field research on the interaction of the Taliban, the humanitarian aid community, and Islamist political parties in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow and as an associate at the Afghanistan Foundation. As Associate Director of Development for Health at The Carter Center, I handled proposal writing, grant reporting, and foundation and bilateral donor relationships for international disease eradication and agriculture programs in Sudan, North Korea, sub-Saharan Africa, and South America.
I completed my MA in Political Science at the University of Michigan and my BA in Politics with minors in Economics and International Studies at Wake Forest University, where I had the privilege of serving as a research assistant for three years under my undergraduate mentor and director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Charles H. Kennedy.
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Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Algeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Muslim World, North Africa, Middle East, Oman, Indonesia, Ghana, Sri Lanka
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado Denver
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Arabic, French, Spanish, Urdu
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Democratization, Terrorism, Violence Prevention
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Fundraising, Monitoring, Program Design, Research, Qualitative Skills, Quantitative Skills, Training
Please select the donors (bi-lateral, international or foundations) in which you have direct and signifcant experience (either work for the donor or on projects funded by them)
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Electoral Systems, Democratization, and Election Violence (Making Democracy Safe Project); Dataset development and collection; public opinion research
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Reif, Megan and Asifa Hasan. 2009. "Pakistan." In State Violence and the Right to Peace: An International Survey of the Views of Ordinary People. Kathleen Malley-Morrison, ed., Praeger.
Reif, Megan. 2007/2008 Pakistan National Elections: Voter Education Survey Report. The Asia Foundation: 2007.
Bonner, Michael, Megan Reif, and Mark Tessler, eds. 2005. Islam, Democracy and the State in Algeria: Lessons for the Western Mediterranean and Beyond. Routledge. Also published as a special issue of Journal of North African Studies, Summer 2004 (9:2).
Tessler, Mark, Carrie Konold, and Megan Reif. 2004. "Political Generations in Developing Countries: Evidence and Insights from Algeria." Public Opinion Quarterly. Summer (68:2): 184-216.
Reif, Megan. 2002. "Afghanistan and the United Nations" in John Moore and Jerry Pubantz, eds., Encyclopedia of the United Nations. New York: Facts on File Publishers.
Reif, Megan. 2000. "Beyond the Veil: Bigger Issues." Christian Science Monitor. May 3.
An electoral map of EGYPT I created recently in GIS, tracing from images
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