Hans Lueders

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, Princeton University
Graduation Year
Dissertation Title
Political Representation in Democratic and Autocratic Regimes

Hans Lueders holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University. He is also a Postdoctoral Affiliate at Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) and a Research Associate at the University of Gothenburg’s Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD).

Hans’ research addresses fundamental questions of political participation and government responsiveness: why and how do citizens in both democratic and autocratic regimes participate in politics? And how and when do political authorities respond to the demands of citizens? Much of his research answers these questions by linking political participation and representation to migration. Hans is currently working on a book project that examines how domestic migration reshapes politics in rich democracies. He argues that migration elevates the voice of domestic migrants, resulting in the systematic under-representation of non-migrants and out-migration areas in national politics. He is also working on a second, co-authored book project on domestic migration in sub-Saharan Africa. The book relates domestic migrants’ social and political integration to the social institutions structuring entrance into and life within their host communities.

Hans’ dissertation, in turn, studied how even the most repressive autocracies can have incentives to respond to citizen demands. His work identified little-acknowledged ways—such as emigration or elections—through which citizens can still influence politics despite the absence of democratic channels for citizen participation. Part of his doctoral research has been published in the American Political Science Review.

Finally, Hans’ research on unauthorized migration in the United States asks how this marginalized group navigates life while being politically disenfranchised. In a new project, Hans examines the effect of local immigration policies on the internal migration decisions of unauthorized immigrants. His work on the impact of driver licenses for unauthorized immigrants, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), has influenced the policy debate in the United States and was cited by numerous national and local newspapers, including the Editorial Board of the New York Times.

Hans’ work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the Journal of Politics, Democratization, the European Political Science Review, and the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, among others.


Research Interests

Fields of Study
Comparative Politics
International Relations