Adrian del Rio Rodriguez

I received my Ph.D. in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute. Currently, I obtained a Humboldt postdoctoral grant to carry out my research at the Institute for East European and International Studies (ZOIS) and Berlin Social Science Centre, Transformation of Democracy research unit. My largest project focuses on divisions within the ruling elite in electoral autocracies -dictatorships that hold multiparty elections. It provides a novel theory, data, and research to explain the strains and disruptions within authoritarian governments as well as defectors’ contribution to regime change. While I am writing my book manuscript on elite defections in electoral autocracies, I collaborate with the projects DEMED and "Emergence, Life, and Demise of Autocratic Regimes" at the University of Oslo. For more information visit his personal website.