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Shane Singh joined UGA as an assistant professor in the fall of 2010 and was promoted to associate professor in 2015 and full professor in 2020. He currently serves as Graduate Coordinator for International Affairs. Professor Singh’s research focuses on comparative politics, with an emphasis on comparative political behavior and elections. He is also an instructor in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. In the 2018-2019 academic year, he was a Visiting Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously a post-doctoral researcher with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University and the Making Electoral Democracy Work project. He received a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University 2009, Political Science
  • M.A., Michigan State University 2006, Political Science
  • B.A., Michigan State University 2003, Political Science
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Professor Singh is actively researching topics related to comparative political behavior and the intended and unintended effects of democratic institutions and electoral policies. His current primary interest is compulsory voting, with a focus on its effects on citizen attitudes and the nature of vote choices. Professor Singh has published around 40 peer-reviewed academic journal articles on these subjects in many of the leading general and subfield journals in political science. Some of his recent publications appear in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Science Research and Methods, the European Journal of Political Research, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, and Electoral Studies. Professor Singh is skilled in the use of quantitative research methods, and his research makes use of a variety of cutting-edge quantitative tools.

Professor Singh’s work is supported grants totaling roughly US$200,000, and he has won numerous scholarships and awards to further his education, scholarship, and professional travel. Professor Singh has presented his work at invited talks and conferences, for both academic and professional audiences, in several countries. He frequently teaches on SPIA’s study abroad programs,  and he is an instructor at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan during the summer.

Areas of Expertise
  • Voter turnout
  • Electoral policies, especially compulsory voting
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behavior
  • Social and political attitudes
  • Party behavior
  • Research methods
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • 2018-2019: Democracy Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • 2016-2020: Roughly $140,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. With J. Roy and P. Fournier.
  • 2015: Faculty Research Award, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
  • 2013-2016: Roughly $60,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. With J. Roy, P. Fournier, and B. Andrew.
Selected Publications
  • “Elections Activate Partisanship Across Countries,” with J. Thornton. American Political Science Review. 2019. 113(1): 248-253.
  • “Compulsory Voting and Parties’ Vote Seeking Strategies.” American Journal of Political Science. 2019. 63(1): 37-52.
  •  “Politically Unengaged, Distrusting, and Disaffected Individuals Drive the Link between Compulsory Voting and Invalid Balloting.” Political Science Research and Methods. 2019. 7(1): 107-123.
  • “Compulsory Voting and Dissatisfaction with Democracy.” British Journal of Political Science. 2018. 48(3): 843-854.
  • “Compulsory Voting and Voter Information Seeking,” with J. Roy. Research & Politics. 2018. 5(1): 1-8.
  • “Elections as Poorer Reflections of Preferences Under Compulsory Voting.” Electoral Studies. 2016. 44(1): 56-65.
  • “Executive Power and Economic Accountability,” with R. Carlin. Journal of Politics. 2015. 77(4): 1031-1044.
  • “Compulsory Voting and the Turnout Decision Calculus.” Political Studies. 2015. 63(3): 548-568.
  • “Not all Election Winners are Equal: Satisfaction with Democracy and the Nature of the Vote.” European Journal of Political Research. 2014. 53(2): 308-327.
  • “Linear and Quadratic Utility Loss Functions in Voting Behavior Research.” Journal of Theoretical Politics. 2014. 26(1): 35-58.
  • “Compulsory Voting and the Dynamics of Partisan Identification,” with J. Thornton. European Journal of Political Research. 2013. 52(2): 188-211.
  • “How Compelling is Compulsory Voting? A Multilevel Analysis of Turnout.” Political Behavior. 2011. 33(1): 95-111.