Geoffrey Macdonald

  • Current Position

    • Adjunct Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

  • About

    • I teach undergraduate classes on international and comparative politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. My research examines the intersection of peacebuilding, ethnic politics, and democratic design. My ongoing book project investigates the conditions under which multiethnic political parties win elections in deeply divided societies. Using a mixed-methods approach, I compare the formation and electoral success of political parties in India, Indonesia, and South Africa. This research has been funded by a Fulbright Scholarship and IFES Democracy Studies Fellowship. It has also been supported with visiting research positions at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Indonesia, and the Institute of Social Sciences in India during 12 months of fieldwork. In addition, I have served as a consultant on issues of electoral and constitutional design in Burma/Myanmar.

  • Education

    • Ph.D., International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, 2013

      • Dissertation: Parties and Peacebuilding: The Institutional Origin of Multiethnic Politics in India, Indonesia, and South Africa
      • Committee: Tim Sisk (Chair), Ben Reilly, Martin Rhodes, Aaron Schneider

      M.A., International Security: Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, 2008

      B.A., International Relations: Boston University, 2006

  • Selected Publications

    • (2013) 'The Emergence of Racial Politics in South Africa: Lessons for Peacebuilding,' USIP Case Studies in Peacebuilding Series, Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace.

      (2013) 'Election Rules and Identity Politics: Understanding the Success of Multiethnic Parties in Indonesia,' IFES White Paper, Washington, D.C.: International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

      (2012) 'Political Parties and Islam in Indonesia: A Religious Facade,' Asia Pacific Memo No. 178, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.

      (2011) 'Islam and Party Politics in Indonesia: An Assessment of the 2009 Election,' The Indonesian Quarterly Vol. 39, No. 4: 433-449.
  • Courses Taught

      • Introduction to International Politics
      • Third World Politics
      • Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
      • Global Governance: An IR Practicum
      • South Asian Politics
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact

    • Mailing Address: Ben Cherrington Hall, University of Denver, 2201 South Gaylord Street, Denver, CO 80208


      Office: 102B, Ben Cherrington Hall

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