My name is Alex Dukalskis and I am an associate professor at University College Dublin in the School of Politics and International Relations and director of the new UCD Centre for Asia-Pacific Research.

I research and teach on authoritarian states, Asian politics, and international human rights.  My work has been published in several leading journals, including the Journal of Peace Research, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Review of International Studies, Government & Opposition, and Democratization. I am an associate editor at Communist & Post-Communist Studies, which is published by University of California Press. My first book, The Authoritarian Public Sphere: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma, and China, came out in February 2017.

My second book, Making the World Safe for Dictatorship, was published in April 2021 with Oxford University Press. It is about how authoritarian states manage their image abroad using both “promotional” tactics of persuasion and “obstructive” tactics of repression.

In 2020-21 I was also a China Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. 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.