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Sona N. Golder

Sona N. Golder

Sona N. Golder

Professor of Political Science
320 Pond Lab University Park, PA 16802
(814) 867-4322
Fridays 10:30- 11:30 in person
Sona N. Golder

Professional Bio

Professor Golder received her PhD from New York University; she also studied at Sciences Po (l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and the University of Chicago. 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. Her most recent book is about Multi-level Electoral Politics, and she is currently working on a book project on post-election government formation processes 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 is currently serving as an editor for the British Journal of Political Science, an associate editor for Research & Politics, and serves on the editorial boards for the American Political Science Review, Political Science Research and Methods, and Comparative Political Studies. Her research has been funded by Canada's Social Sciences and Research Council through the Making Electoral Democracy Work project. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology


Partisan Portfolio Allocation in African Democracies

Golder, S. N. & Ariotti, M. H.* (2018). Partisan Portfolio Allocation in African Democracies. Comparative Political Studies, 51(3), 341–379.