Ae sil Woo

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. 

Seeing through another’s eyes - from where they stand and attending to what they attend to - serves to shift our vision from the one dimensional to a more multidimensional view.
— Sousanis 2015


The Differential Effect of "Democratic" Institutions on Dissent in Dictatorships (with Courtenay R. Conrad). 2019. Forthcoming at the Journal of Politics.


How Opposition Cooptation and Institutional Constraints A ffect State Repression in Autocracies (with Courtenay R. Conrad). 2016. Newsletter of the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association 14(1): 2.



Working Papers

Designing the Rules of the Game: Legislative Procedures in Authoritarian Legislatures (Dissertation Book Project)

Agenda-Setting Antidotes: Power-sharing and Managing Policy Loss (with Nathan W. Monroe)

Unchained Media Syndrome: Press Freedom in Dictatorships and Voluntary Selection of Media Bias (with Jun Hyeok Jang)


Teaching Assistantship


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



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