I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2020, and my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Russian at the University of Minnesota in 2014, where I graduated summa cum laude.
My research focuses on the durability of authoritarian regimes, comparative civil-military relations, great power foreign policy, and comparative democratization.
My work has been published in World Politics1,2, Post-Soviet Affairs1, Foreign Affairs1,2, Foreign Policy1, and the Washington Post1,2,3. My research has been cited in the Economist1, the New York Times1,2,3, and the Washington Post1,2.
I am currently working on two book manuscripts. The first considers the relationship between foreign support and authoritarian rule. My second book project (with Dan Slater) considers how the origins of national militaries shapes the political power of armies in Asia and beyond.
I have led several large data collection projects, including data sets on autocratic client regimes, authoritarian regime tenure, and social revolutions. The data and codebooks are available through links provided below.
I am also currently working on three new data sets: the wartime and postwar civil-military relations of rebel groups, the origins of militaries in the twentieth century, and military advisory deployments in the Cold War. Please contact me for information about any of these ongoing projects (aecasey[at]umich[dot]edu).
You can find a copy of my curriculum vitaehere, my Google scholar page here, and more information about my past and ongoing research below.