Nicholas R. Davis

About Me

I am a doctoral student (ABD) of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My expected dissertation defense date is in spring 2018. My committee chair is Dave Armstrong, currently at Western University in Ontario, Canada. My fields of study are comparative politics and international relations.

My dissertation applies a theory of regime-level learning to explain why authoritarian regimes persist in the face of existential challenges. My project grew out of an interest in authoritarian politics, and the interesting puzzle of the paucity of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.

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My primary research interests revolve around persistent authoritarianism and comparative democratization, as well as the role of political institutions in either strengthening democratic societies or maintaining authoritarian rule. I also am interested in how institutions work to mitigate intrastate conflict.

My research often employs advanced quantitative methods, such as Bayesian modeling, text analysis, machine learning, multiple imputation, mixture modeling, and matching. As such I have engaged in research and collaborated on projects in a diverse array of substantive areas.

You can find more information about my research and other projects I have contributed to by following the link above to my research page.


I have had the privilege of teaching courses at both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I will be teaching at Marquette University in fall 2017. I enjoy teaching, and I look forward to the opportunity to teach new courses in comparative politics, international relations, or political methodology.

You can find more information about courses I have taught (including evaluations) as well as invited talks and seminars I have run by following the link above to my teaching page.