Alesia Sedziaka

Alesia Sedziaka

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Alesia Sedziaka is an expert in comparative politics with a focus on post-communist world.

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of Arizona
  • B.A., Stetson University


Course Sampling

  • Comparative Politics
  • Russian Politics
  • Human Rights and Human Resilience
  • Politics of Authoritarianism
  • Ethnicity and Politics

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Politics
  • Electoral integrity
  • Politics in Eastern Europe and Russias


Alesia Sedziaka is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, actively contributing to Stetson's Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Her primary area of expertise is comparative politics with a focus on the post-communist world. Her research centers on issues of electoral integrity, protest against election fraud, and perceptions of electoral unfairness in authoritarian regimes. She is a contributor to the Electoral Integrity Project, founded at Harvard and Sydney Universities to foster collaboration between top scholars and democracy practitioners in the field. As part of the project, she presented her work to diverse audiences including members of the Carter Center, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and International IDEA.


  • Global attitudes and behavior
  • Electoral integrity
  • Authoritarian regimes


  • "Do Contentious Elections Catalyze Mass Protests?" (with Richard Rose). 2015. In Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades, eds. Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martínez i Coma. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • "Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Set Applications to Social Movements Research." (with Charles Ragin). 2013. In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds. David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • "Identifying Regional Powers and Their Status." (with Kirssa Cline, Patrick Rhamey, Alexis Henshaw, Aakriti Tandon, and Thomas J. Volgy). 2011. In Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics: Global and Regional Perspectives, eds. Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, Keith A. Grant, and Ryan G. Baird. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.