Kristen Kao is a Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg, where she contributes her expertise in survey methodology, experimental design, and fieldwork management to a team of researchers in conducting large-N, locally representative surveys (5,000+) in the developing world. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 2006, she has been studying and conducting fieldwork in the Middle East across contexts as diverse as Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Oman, and Egypt. She has also trained and led research teams on the ground in the East African countries of Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya. Her most recently funded projects include a multi-method, comparative study of the integration of Syrian migrants into Jordan, Turkey, and Sweden over 6 years; a study on the drivers of forgiveness versus revenge among diverse groups in Iraq employing 3 large-N surveys and experiments; and surveys in East Africa examining the interaction between social institutions and local governance across issues of authority and legitimacy, vote buying and clientelism, as well as stereotypes and inequalities. Kristen’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Swedish Research Council, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Political Science Association (APSA), among others. Her work has also received the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha award for the best paper presented at the APSA 2019 annual meeting, the largest annual gathering of political scientists in the world. She has forthcoming or already published work in Comparative Politics, World Development, Mediterranean Politics, Survey Practice, the Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies, The Washington Post, and Carnegie’s Middle East blog Sada, among others.
Department of Political Science
University of Gothenburg
City, Gothenburg 405 30