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Robert Moser

Associate ProfessorPh.D., University of Wisconsin

Robert Moser



Professor Moser specializes in the study of electoral systems, political parties, and Russian politics. He has written numerous book chapters and articles on democratization, elections, and political parties in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His articles have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and Post- Soviet Affairs. His research has been funded by SSRC, IREX, and the Ford Foundation.

He was appointed the William D. Blunk Memorial Professor for 2005-06 in recognition of his undergraduate teaching and advising and was awarded the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. Most recently, Moser received the 2008 Harry Ransom Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He is the author of Unexpected Outcomes: Electoral Systems, Political Parties, and Representation in Russia (2001) and co-editor, with Zoltan Barany, of Russian Politics: Challenges of Democratization (2001) and Ethnic Politics after Communism (2005). He is currently writing a book on mixed electoral systems around the world and an edited volume, with Zoltan Barany, entitled Is Democracy Exportable?.

Books Published

Electoral Systems and Political Context: How the Effects of Rules Vary Across New and Established Democracies (with E. Scheiner) (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

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Is Democracy Exportable? (coedited with Z. Barany) (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

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Ethnic Politics After Communism (coedited with Z. Barany) (Ithica, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005) 

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Unexpected Outcomes: Electoral Systems, Political Parties, and Representation in Russia (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001)

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Russian Politics: Challenges of Democratization (coedited with Z. Barany) (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

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Journal Articles

“Ethnicity and Electoral Manipulation in Russia,” (with Regina Goodnow and Tony Smith), Electoral Studies, forthcoming.

"Between Science and Engineering: Reflections on the APSA Presidential Task Force on Political Science, Electoral Rules, and Democratic Governance," (Htun et al) Perspectives on Politics, Sept. 2013

“Electoral Rules and Political Inclusion,” (with Mona Lena Krook) in Political Science, Electoral Rules, and Democratic Governance. Report of the Task Force on Electoral Rules and Democratic Governance, Edited by Mala Htun and G. Bingham Powell, Jr. (2013)

“Layers of Ethnicity: The Effects of Ethnic Federalism, Majority-Minority Districts, and Minority Concentration on the Electoral Success of Ethnic Minorities in Russia,” (with Regina Goodnow) Comparative Political Studies Vol. 45, No. 2 (2012), pp. 238-264.

“Do Ethnic Parties Exclude Women?” (with Stephanie Holmsten and Mary Slosar) Comparative Political Studies Vol. 43, No. 10 (2010), pp. 1179–1201.

“The Impact of Minority-Majority Districts: Evidence from Ukraine,” (with Julie George and Marko Papic) Post-Soviet Affairs Vol. 26, No. 1 (2010), pp. 58-76.

“Strategic Voting in Mixed-Member Systems: An Analysis of Split-Ticket Voting,” (with Ethan Scheiner) Electoral Studies, Vol. 28, No. 1 (2009), pp. 51-61.

“Electoral Systems and the Representation of Ethnic Minorities: Evidence from Russia,”
Comparative Politics, Vol. 40, No. 3 (2008), pp. 273-292.

“Strategic Ticket Splitting and the Personal Vote in Mixed Systems: A Reconceptualization with Data from Five Countries,” (with Ethan Scheiner) Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. XXX (2005), pp. 259-276.

“Mixed Electoral Systems and Electoral System Effects: Controlled Comparison and Cross- National Analysis,” (with Ethan Scheiner) Electoral Studies, Vol. 23, No. 4 (2004), pp. 575-599.

"The Effects of Electoral Systems on Women's Representation in Post-Communist States," Electoral Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2001), pp. 353-369.

"Electoral Systems and the Number of Parties in Post-Communist States," World Politics, Vol. 51, No. 3 (1999), pp. 359-384.

"Independents and Party Formation: Elite Partisanship as an Intervening Variable in Russian Politics," Comparative Politics, Vol. 31, No. 2 (1999), pp. 147-165.

"The Impact of Parliamentary Electoral Systems in Russia," Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 13, No. 3 (1997), pp. 284-302.

"The Impact of the Electoral System on Post-Communist Party Development: The Case of the 1993 Russian Parliamentary Elections," Electoral Studies, Vol. 14, No. 4 (1995), pp. 377-398.

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