Ae sil Woo
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Merced. My primary research interests focus on institutions in dictatorships, particularly on legislatures and configurations of legislative procedures. My work examines the effects of legislative procedures on various outcomes including dissent and repression.
My dissertation, "Designing the Rules of the Game: Legislative Procedures in Authoritarian Legislatures," explores why dictators create heterogeneous legislative institutions and the effects of those institutions on a variety of political outcomes. In the project, I show formally that legislative processes that allocate power to members of the opposition produce the similar policy outcomes as those produced via processes where dictators monopolize legislative power.
The Differential Effect of "Democratic" Institutions on Dissent in Dictatorships (with Courtenay R. Conrad). 2019. Journal of Politics 81(2).
Appendix & Replication Files
How Opposition Cooptation and Institutional Constraints Affect State Repression in Autocracies (with Courtenay R. Conrad). 2016. Newsletter of the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association 14(1): 2.
Designing the Rules of the Game: Legislative Procedures in Authoritarian Legislatures (Dissertation Book Project)
Institutional Antidotes: Legislative Power-Sharing and Managing Policy Loss (with Nathan W. Monroe)
International Relations. Dr. Alex Kroeger. Political Science. Fall 2018
Political Violence. Dr. Courtenay R. Conrad. Political Science. Summer 2016
International Organization. Dr. Emily Hencken Ritter. Political Science. Spring 2015
Macroeconomics. Dr. Jason Lee. Economics. Summer 2017
Econometrics. Dr. Robert Innes. Economics. Fall 2016
Microeconomics. Dr. Gabriela Rubio. Economics. Fall 2015
Calculus I. Dr. Christopher Sandoval. Mathematics. Summer 2018