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Zachary Elkins

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Zachary Elkins

Biography

Professor Elkins’ research focuses on issues of democracy, institutional reform, research methods, and national identity, with an emphasis on cases in Latin America. He is currently completing two book manuscripts, one entitled "Designed by Diffusion: Constitutional Reform in Developing Democracies" that examines the design and diffusion of democratic institutions, and another entitled the "Endurance of National Constitutions" that explores the factors that lead to the survival of national constitutions. With Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago), Professor Elkins co-directs both the Comparative Constitutions Project, a NSF-funded initiative to understand the causes and consequences of constitutional choices, and the website constituteproject.org, which provides resources and analysis for constitutional drafters in new democracies.  Elkins earned his B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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