Carolien van Ham

Lecturer in Politics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Discovery Early Career Research Award 2015 recipient
Senior Research Fellow Electoral Integrity Project
Research Fellow Varieties of Democracy Project

Phone (office): 938 50690
Phone (mobile): +61(0)432846437


I am a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of New South Wales and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipient (2015-2017).

Prior to coming to UNSW, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Public Administration, University of Twente, working on the research project "The (presumed) legitimacy crisis of representative democracy in advanced industrial democracies: myth or reality?", funded by the Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences. From February to May 2013, I was a senior research fellow at the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney. From September 2014 to December 2014 I was a research fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Project at the University of Gothenburg.

I received my PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy in June 2012. During that period I also spent a semester at the Harvard Kennedy School as a visiting research fellow. My PhD is entitled "Beyond Electoralism? Electoral fraud in third wave regimes 1974-2009" and investigates the causes and consequences of electoral fraud in 97 third wave regimes between 1974 and 2009.

I hold a Master in Political Science from the University of Leiden (cum laude) and a Master of Migration and Ethnic Minorities from the University of Utrecht (cum laude), and received PhD scholarships from NUFFIC, UACES and EUI. Before returning to academia, I worked as a management consultant for national and local governments in the Netherlands, as a researcher for the Dutch Parliamentary Commission on Integration Policy in the Dutch Parliament (Commissie Blok), and as a researcher at the Instituto de Estudios sobre Migraciones (IEM) in Madrid, Spain.


My research interests are political representation, comparative democratization, electoral processes and electoral fraud.


PhD thesis