Didi Kuo

Didi Kuo

  • Senior Research Scholar
  • Associate Director for Research

Encina Hall, C150
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Biography

Didi Kuo is the Associate Director for Research and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. She is a scholar of comparative politics, with a focus on democratization, corruption and clientelism, political parties and institutions, and political reform. Her recent work examines changes to party organization, and the impact these changes have on the ability of governments to address challenges posed by global capitalism. She is the author of Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy: the rise of programmatic politics in the United States and Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which examines the role of business against clientelism and the development of modern political parties in the nineteenth-century. 

She has been at Stanford since 2013 as the manager of the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective, which examines problems such as polarization, inequality, and responsiveness, and recommends possibilities for reform. She also teaches in the Fisher Family Honors Program at CDDRL. She is a non-resident fellow in political reform at New America, where she was a 2018 Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow. She received a PhD in political science from Harvard University, an MSc in Economic and Social History from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from Emory University.
 

publications

Journal Articles
June 2020

Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion

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Reassessing American Democracy: The Enduring Challenge of Racial Exclusion
Journal Articles
March 2020

Political Reform and American Democracy

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Political Reform and American Democracy
Journal Articles
September 2019

Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy across Subfields

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Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy across Subfields

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