Shane P. Singh

Associate Professor of International Affairs

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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. 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 will be 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
More About

Professor Singh’s current primary interest is in compulsory voting, with a focus on its effects on citizen attitudes and the nature of vote choices. He is also actively researching topics in voter turnout, electoral systems and electoral behavior, social and political attitudes, and party behavior. Professor Singh has published over 30 peer-reviewed academic journal articles on these topics in many of the leading general and subfield journals in political science. Some of his recent publications appear in the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Science Research and Methods, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Peace ResearchComparative Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. 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 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 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 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
  • Compulsory voting
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behavior
  • Social and political attitudes
  • Party behavior
  • Research methods
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • 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.
Course Instruction
  • INTL 3300 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • INTL 4300 Comparative Political Institutions
  • INTL 6010 Research Methods in International Policy
  • POLS 7010 Research Methods in Political Science
Research Interests
Selected Publications
  • “Compulsory Voting and Dissatisfaction with Democracy.” British Journal of Political Science. Forthcoming.
  • “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. 77(4): 1031-1044.
  • “Authoritarianism, Socioethnic Diversity, and Political Participation across Countries,” with K. Dunn. European Journal of Political Research. 2015. 54(3): 563-581.
  • “Compulsory Voting and the Turnout Decision Calculus.” Political Studies. 2105. 63(3): 548-568.
  • “Get Off My Lawn: Territorial Civil Wars and Subsequent Social Intolerance in the Public,” with J. Tir. Journal of Peace Research. 2015. 52(4): 478-491.
  • “Happy Medium, Happy Citizens: Presidential Power and Democratic Regime Support,” with R. Carlin. Political Research Quarterly. 2015. 68(1): 3-17.
  • “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.