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Carolien van Ham

Lecturer in Comparative Politics, UNSW Sydney

Carolien van Ham is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient (2015-2017). Dr Van Ham received her PhD from the European University Institute in 2012. Prior to coming to UNSW, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente on a Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences research project on democratic legitimacy, as a senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney, and as a research fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg.

Her research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism, electoral integrity and corruption, and political representation and legitimacy. Dr. Van Ham has published articles on election integrity, representation and turnout in the European Journal of Political Science, Government and Opposition, Democratization, West European Politics and Electoral Studies, a forthcoming edited volume on democratic legitimacy in advanced industrial democracies, a book on legitimacy in the Netherlands, and book chapters in various edited volumes.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Comparative Politics , UNSW Australia


  • 2012 
    European University Institute, PhD