Dr Svitlana Chernykh

PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Senior Lecturer, School of Politics & International Relations
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603

Research interests

Democratisation, Elections, Post-election disputes, Executive-legislative relations, Comparative constitutional design


Svitlana Chernykh joined the School of Politics and International Relations in 2014. Prior to coming to ANU, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She is the recipient of the 2009 Paul Lazarsfeld Award for the Best Paper in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association and the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council (2016-2018). Her research focuses on democratisation, comparative political institutions (election, parties, constitutions), and executive-legislative relations. Her work has been published in many of the discipline’s leading journals, including the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political StudiesPolitical CommunicationLegislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly.


Researcher's projects

My main research project investigates the political determinants and consequences of post-election protests. In parallel, I am also engaged in three collaborative projects: (1) with Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman and Timothy Power, I study executive-legislative relations in Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union; (2) Zach Elkins, Tom Ginsburg, James Melton and I are working on a series of papers on comparative constitutionsl design as a part of the Comparative Constitutions Project, a long-term effort to code and analyze all constitutions written in the world since 1987; and (3) with David Doyle and Timothy Power, I am deploying an expert survey to measure powers of legislative bodies around the world.

Please see my CV for published articles and working papers.

Current student projects

Involvement in PhD Supervisory Panels:

Dinara Pisareva. "People and Democratisation: Does Democratic Support Matter?" (Panel Chair).

Emily Look. "The causes and consequences of support for democracy among young people in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus" (Panel Member).

Feodor Snagovsky. "Descriptive representation and external efficacy of ethnic minorities in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand" (Panel Member).


Past student projects

Honours supervision:

2018. Scoggins, Bermond. "The Challenge to Liberal Democracy in Hungary and Poland: Leaders, Parties, and their Narratives."

2016. Green, Lisa. "Domestic Politics and the Promotion of Democracy: An Alternative Story of Sanctioning." 

2015. Rohan-Jones, Laura. "Difficult Decision in Disability: The case of forces and involuntary non-theraputic sterilisation of women and girls with intellectual disabilties in Australia" - awarded LF Crisp Prize for International Relations.

2015. Davis, Yasmin. “Is the World Watching? Examining International Attention and consideration of Women in Negotiated Peace Agreements.”



Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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