Hans Lueders

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
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Political Representation in Democratic and Autocratic Regimes
Hans Lueders

Hans Lueders holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He is also a Postdoctoral Affiliate at Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab and a Research Associate at the University of Gothenburg’s Program on Governance and Local Development.

His research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of political inequality in different political contexts. Hans is currently working on a book project that links political inequality in contemporary democratic societies to domestic migration. He argues that due to important political differences between migrants and non-migrants, migration leads to a redistribution of politically active voters in a country. This alters the behavior of political parties and furthers inequality in political participation and representation. In a separate, co-authored book project, Hans studies inequality in political participation among domestic migrants in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, Hans researches political inequality in closed authoritarian regimes, where state institutions ensure that citizens have little political say. His work identifies little-acknowledged ways through which citizens can still influence politics despite this extreme inequality. Moreover, his research on unauthorized migration in the United States studies political inequality from the perspective of a politically marginalized group. It seeks to understand how unauthorized immigrants navigate life while being politically disenfranchised, focusing on how these individuals respond to local immigration policies. To further our understanding of these topics, Hans employs modern techniques for causal inference in observational data, survey experiments, geospatial analysis, text analysis, and archival fieldwork.

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


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Fields of Study
Comparative Politics
International Relations