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Department of Political Science

Alissandra Stoyan

Ph.D. Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill      


Alissandra T. Stoyan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University. She received her M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2014) in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill. She also earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Union College (2006).  

Stoyan’s research currently centers on political institutions, executive politics, democratization, and Latin American politics. More specifically, she has been engaged in work on how presidents with ambitious reform agendas implement them through a Constituent Assembly in Latin America. Other research evaluates the interactions between public opinion and political institutions, executive-legislative relations and policy-making, gender and politics, as well as institutional change and the expansion of legal rights.

Stoyan conducted eight months of in-depth fieldwork and elite interviews in Bolivia and Ecuador. Additionally, she has done fieldwork in Argentina, the UK, Sweden, and the Netherlands, assisting with elite interviews in the later three cases.

She teaches courses in Comparative and Latin American politics, including: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, International Relations of Latin America, and Comparative Political Institutions.