My research focuses on the durability of authoritarian regimes, comparative civil-military relations, great power foreign policy, and comparative democratization.

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 and Jean Lachapelle) considers the origins of military political power in the postcolonial world.

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).


Peer-Reviewed Research Papers

Public Writing


Book Manuscripts

Adam E. Casey. Foreign Support and Authoritarian Rule.

Adam E. Casey, Dan Slater, and Jean Lachapelle. Warriors and Rulers: The Origins of Military Political Power.

Working Papers

Adam E. Casey, Jean Lachapelle, and Lucan A. Way. “National Liberation and Decolonization.”

Adam E. Casey, Steven Levitsky, and Lucan A. Way. “Party-Military Fusion.”

Jean Lachapelle, Adam E. Casey, and Sanjida Amin. “The Moral Hazard of Foreign Patronage.”

Jean Lachapelle and Adam E. Casey. “Military Advisors in the Cold War.”

Adam E. Casey and Lucan A. Way. “Communist Civil-Military Relations.”


Course Instructor

Teaching Assistant

“Democracy: Theory and Practice.” POL112. University of Toronto, Mississauga. Spring Term, 2018.

“Introduction to International Relations.” POL208. University of Toronto, St. George. Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.

“Democracy: Theory and Practice.” POL112. University of Toronto, Mississauga. Spring Term, 2016.