People: Research Faculty

Mai Hassan

Faculty Associate


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, LSA Political Science


PhD Government 2014 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Mai Hassan’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Mai Hassan’s Google Scholar Profile 


Mai Hassan’s research focuses on authoritarian and hybrid regimes, the state, land and violence, and ethnic politics with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project is evolving and explores how authoritarian leaders vary management of the state sub-nationally to best meet electoral challenges to their rule after the introduction of multi-party elections. It does this through an in-depth look at Kenya’s democratization process since the beginning of multi-party elections in 1992. The manuscript shows how international pressure to reform state institutions (often times through calls to decentralize power and engage in public sector reform) can actually hamper democratization.


Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
6733 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1045

Phone: 734–615–9114
Fax: 734–764–3522

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Selected Publications

Please also see Mai Hassan’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Mai Hassan’s Google Scholar Profile. 

Hassan, M. (2020). Regime Threats and State Solutions: Bureaucratic Loyalty and Embeddedness in Kenya (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108858960

2016. A State of Change: District Creation in Kenya after the Beginning of Multi-party Elections, Political Research Quarterly

2016. The Strategic Shuffle: Ethnic Geography, the Internal Security Apparatus, and Elections in Kenya. Forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science

2015. Continuity Despite Change: Kenya’s New Constitution and Un-Changing Executive Power. Forthcoming, Democratization