Elizabeth Iams Wellman

Elizabeth Iams Wellman is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Williams College, and holds a research affiliation with The African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research is at the intersection of international migration and electoral politics, addressing issues of diaspora voting, transnational political mobilization, contentious elections, and ethics in migration research. She teaches courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations, including Politics of Migration, Democratic Erosion, Contemporary African Politics, and Transnational Political Movements. 

Her work has been published in African AffairsAmerican Political Science ReviewForeign Policy, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, as well as featured on the podcast Scope Conditions. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the politics of diaspora voting in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a co-project investigator of the global Extraterritorial Voting Rights and Restrictions (EVRR) dataset. She is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, including projects on Ukraine’s Orange Revolution and Truth Commissions around the world. She received her BA from Duke University, an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago, and a PhD with distinction from Yale University, and was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University.

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