My name is Alex Dukalskis and I am an assistant professor at University College Dublin in the School of Politics and International Relations.  

I research and teach on authoritarian states, Asian politics, transitional justice, and international human rights.  My work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Peace Research, Human Rights Quarterly, Review of International Studies, Government & Opposition, and Democratization. My book, The Authoritarian Public Sphere: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma, and China, came out in February 2017.

Previously I was a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and I have also had visiting posts at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Columbia University.  I earned my dual Ph.D. in political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in human rights at the London School of Economics, and my undergraduate degree from Willamette University

My research interests grew out of my professional work with the non-profit International Debate Education Association (IDEA).  For several years I worked in over 20 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to teach debate and promote it among young people as a tool to improve critical thinking and advocacy.

You can reach me via email at alexander.dukalskis@ucd.ie or follow me on Twitter @AlexDukalskis.