Anne Meng

Anne Meng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her research centers on authoritarian politics and institutions, and game-theoretic approaches to the study of dictatorship with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Her book, Constraining Dictatorship (Cambridge University Press, 2020), examines how executive constraints become established in dictatorships, particularly within constitutions and presidential cabinets. She also has other work on democratic erosion, leadership succession, autocratic parties, and electoral authoritarianism. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, Columbia Law Review, and Studies in Comparative International Development. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and also holds an M.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley.