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Zachary S. Elkins

  • Associate Professor (Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts)


  • PhD University of California-Berkeley
  • MA University of Texas at Austin
  • BA Yale

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 a book manuscript, Designed by Diffusion: Constitutional Reform in Developing Democracies, which examines the design and diffusion of democratic institutions, and recently completed The Endurance of National Constitutions, which 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, 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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Zachary S. Elkins

Work (512) 232-7250

Office: BAT 4.120
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

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