Sona N. Golder

Sona N. Golder

Professor of Political Science

305 Pond Lab
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-4322

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Curriculum Vitae

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Professor Golder received her PhD from New York University in 2004.  She studies political institutions, with a particular interest in coalition formation. Her early research and first book, The Logic of Pre-Electoral Coalition Formation, examines the determinants and consequences of electoral alliances in parliamentary democracies. She is currently working on a book project that draws together her more recent work on the post-election government formation process in Europe. Her research has been published in many of the discipline’s leading journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. She has also published a textbook on comparative politics, Principles of Comparative Politics. She is currently serving as an editor for the British Journal of Political Science. In addition to being an associate editor for the new online journal, Research & Politics, and serving on the editorial boards for Political Science Research and Methods and Comparative Political Studies, she is co-editor of the Comparative Politics - APSA Newsletter. Professor Golder has also been involved in the women in methods group – she was the organizer and host for the 4th Annual Visions in Methodology (VIM) Conference, she serves as a VIM mentor for female graduate students and junior faculty, and served as a member of the diversity committee for APSA’s Political Methodology Section. Her research has been funded by Canada's Social Sciences and Research Council. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.