Discovery Early Career Research Award 2015 recipient
Senior Research Fellow Electoral Integrity Project
Research Fellow Varieties of Democracy Project
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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.
- Van Ham, C. (2012) “Beyond Electoralism? Electoral fraud in third wave regimes 1974-2009.” PhD diss. European University Institute."