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Margaret Hanson

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Biography: 

Margaret Hanson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Her research focuses on authoritarian politics and factors which stabilize or, conversely, undermine dictators’ (and aspiring dictators’) control, with an emphasis on the former Soviet Union. More specifically, she is interested in how formal and informal institutions interact to shape governance in autocracies; her work centers on the role of law, courts, and corruption. She teaches classes in comparative politics, authoritarian politics, political economy, and research methods.  

Education: 

Ph.D. The Ohio State University

Publications: 

2021. “Building Socialist Legality: Political Order and Institutional Development in the Soviet and Chinese Procuracies” (with Michael Thompson-Brusstar, University of Michigan). Forthcoming, Jan. 2021 Europe-Asia Studies.

2020. “Higher Education as an Authoritarian Tool for Regime Survival: Evidence from Kazakhstan and around the World” (with Sarah Wilson Sokhey, University of Colorado-Boulder). Problems of Post-Communism

2017. “Legalized Rent-Seeking: Eminent Domain in Kazakhstan.” Cornell International Law Journal 50(1), 15-46. Available here.

Research Activity: 

Managing the Predatory State: Corruption and Governance in Post-Soviet Central Asia (Book Manuscript). 

“Under the Veil of Democracy: What Do People Mean When They Say They Support Democracy?" (with Hannah Chapman, Miami University; Valery Dzutsati, Arizona State University; Paul DeBell, Fort Lewis College). Under Review.

“Captured Courts and Legitimized Autocrats: Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council” (with Nora Webb Williams, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Under Review.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 150Comparative Government
POS 394Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 301Empirical Political Inquiry
SGS 305Empirical Political Inquiry
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 350Economic Dev & Globalization
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 350Economic Dev & Globalization
POS 394Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 301Empirical Political Inquiry
SGS 305Empirical Political Inquiry