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, and the Washington Post1,2,3.
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).
You can find a copy of my curriculum vitaehere, my Google scholar page here, and more information about my past and ongoing research below.
Peer-Reviewed Research Papers
Adam E. Casey. 2020. “The Durability of Client Regimes: Foreign Sponsorship and Military Loyalty, 1946-2010.” World Politics 72, no. 3, 411-47. [Paper] [Data] [Codebook]
Jean Lachapelle, Steven Levitsky, Lucan A. Way, and Adam E. Casey. 2020. “Social Revolution and Authoritarian Durability.” World Politics 72, no. 4, 557-600. [Paper] [Data] [Codebook] [New York Times] [Public Radio]
Lucan A. Way and Adam E. Casey. 2018. “The Structural Sources of Postcommunist Regime Trajectories.” Post-Soviet Affairs 34, no. 5: 317-32. [Paper] [The Economist] [Republic] [Vox Ukraine]
Adam E. Casey, Dan Slater, and Jean Lachapelle. 2021. “Taliban leaders are back in charge in Afghanistan. Can they control their own army?” Washington Post, August 27. [Article]
Adam E. Casey. 2021. “Something’s happening in Armenia. But is it a coup?” Washington Post, March 2. [Article]
Adam E. Casey and Seva Gunitsky. 2020. “The Weakness of the Strongman.” Foreign Affairs, March 23. [Essay] [на русском]
Lucan A. Way and Adam E. Casey. 2018. “Russian Foreign Election Interventions since 1991.” PONARS Policy Memo No. 520. [Memo]