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Albana Shehaj

Visiting Scholar 2019-2020

Residency Dates: September 1, 2019-June 30, 2020


Albana Shehaj

Albana Shehaj is a Weiser research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. Her research interests span the scope of comparative and international political economy with a particular emphasis on the interactions between political elites and voters, as well as the distributive policy-making processes within international organizations.

At CES, Shehaj will examine why voters in many countries are unwilling to vote out corrupt political parties even though they often protest against the pervasiveness of political corruption. She will assess this puzzle by investigating the types of distributive strategies and resources that corrupt political parties employ to curtail voters’ electoral wrath; and the ways in which fiscal and development resources allocated by international organizations to corrupt governments shape patterns of electoral accountability, democratization, and authoritarian relapsing.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Research Fellow, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan
  • Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University

Research Project

Killing with kindness: Corruption and accountability in distributive politics


Political Science