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Darin Self

Assistant Professor
Political Science


Darin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He completed his PhD at Cornell University in 2022. Darin graduated from BYU with a BA in Political Science in 2011, and a MPP in 2013.

Research Interests

Darin's research focuses on the role that authoritarian incumbents play in the process of democratization, as well as how these actors shape the emerging rules of democracy to their benefit. He also works on how the development of parties and militaries affect the durability of authoritarian regimes. To conduct this research, Darin uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Teaching Interests

Darin teaches the department's core course on comparative politics, Democracy and Autocracy, and Qualitative Methods.

Courses Taught


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