Karen Ferree

Karen Ferree is an associate professor of political science at the University of California San Diego.  Ferree studies the politics of democracy, elections, and ethnicity, particularly in the context of the developing countries of Africa. She has done field research in South Africa twice, the results of which are presented in her dissertation, Voters and Parties in the Rainbow Nation: Race and Elections in the New South Africa. She also is working on several papers that look at the political economy of elections in Africa and has interests in political methodology, particularly ecological inference and time series cross sectional analysis. She received her PhD from Harvard University.

  • Comparative politics
  • Politics of democracy
  • Elections


Ferree, Karen. 2011. Framing the Race in South Africa: The Political Origins of Racial Census Elections. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Adida, Claire, Karen Feree, Daniel Posner, and Amanda Robinson. 2016. Who’s Asking? Interviewer Coethnicity Effects in African Survey Data. Comparative Political Studies 49 (12): 1630–60. https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414016633487.

Ferree, Karen, and James D. Long. 2016. Gifts, Threats, and Perceptions of Ballot Secrecy in Africa. African Affairs 115 (461): 62145. https://doi.org/10.1093/afraf/adw049.

Ferree, KarenG. Bingham Powell, and Ethna Scheiner. 2014. Context, Electoral Rules, and Party Systems. Annual Review of Political Science 17:42139. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-102512-195419.

Ferree, Karen, Clark Gibson, James D. Long. 2014. Voting Behavior and Electoral Irregularities in Kenya’s 2013 Election. Journal of Eastern African Studies 8 (1): 153–72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2013.871182.

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