Natalie Wenzell Letsa

Natalie Wenzell Letsa

CDDRL Postdoctoral Scholar, 2018-19
Encina Hall, C145
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Research Interests

African politics, Authoritarianism, public opinion, electoral behavior, democratization


Natalie Letsa is a political scientist and the Wick Cary Assistant Professor of Political Economy in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.  Her work focuses on public opinion and political behavior in authoritarian regimes, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also interested in macro-issues of regime stability and legitimization in non-democratic and transitioning regimes. Her work has appeared in Comparative Politics, The Journal of Modern African Studies, and Democratization. Her current book project, The Autocratic Voter: Understanding Partisanship and Electoral Behavior under Authoritarianism, investigates why people choose to vote in non-competitive elections.