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Elizabeth Stein, Ph.D.

Government, Lecturer Department of Government
Dr. Elizabeth SteinDr. Elizabeth Stein received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Political Science. Her research focuses on political communication, contentious politics and comparative political economy in democratic and authoritarian regimes. Much of her research focuses on Latin America with an emphasis on the countries of the Southern Cone and Brazil, where she lived and worked for several years. Her research has been published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Political Communication, Journal of Latin American Politics and the International Journal of Press/Politics as well as in edited volumes published by Palgrave MacMillan.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science, Comparative Politics and Quantitative Methods
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science, Comparative Politics
  • M.S. Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, Public Relations
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Journalism and Mass Communication (Visual Communication); Fulfilled requirements for B.A. in International Studies (Latin America, Political Science)

Courses Taught

  • Latin American Politics
  • Politics in Authoritarian Regimes

Selected Publications

  • Stein, Elizabeth A. and Karine Belarmino. 2023. “The Past and Future of Media Giants in Latin America: The Legacy of Clientelism in Brazil’s Broadcast Television Development.” In The Future of Television in the Global South: Reflections from Selected Countries. (Ed.) George Otieno Ogola. Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 131-168.
  • Stein, Elizabeth A. 2020. “The Pink Tide: media access and political power in Latin America, edited by Lee Artz, London and New York, Rowman & Littlefield International, Ltd., 2017, 209 pp., index, $41.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-78660-240-4.” Democratization 27(7): 1333-1334. Accessible at
  • Frantz, Erica and Elizabeth A. Stein. 2017. “Countering Coups: Leadership Succession Rules in Dictatorships.” Comparative Political Studies 50(7): 935-962. Accessible at
  • Stein, Elizabeth A. 2017 “Are ICTs Democratizing Dictatorships? New Media and Mass Mobilization.” Social Science Quarterly 98 (3): 913-941. Special issue: The New World of Comparative Political Communication. Accessible at″>
  • Kellam, Marisa and Elizabeth A. Stein. 2016. “Silencing Critics: Why and How Presidents Restrict Media Freedom in Democracies.” Comparative Political Studies 49(1): 36-77. Accessible at
  • Stein, Elizabeth A. 2016. “Censoring the Press: A Barometer of Government Tolerance for Anti-regime Dissent under Authoritarian Rule.” Journal of Politics in Latin America 8(2): 101-142. Accessible at
  • Stein, Elizabeth. 2016. “Information and Civil Unrest in Dictatorship,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, (ed.) William R. Thompson. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, online resource. Accessible at [Encyclopedia entry]
  • Stein, Elizabeth A. and Marisa Kellam. 2014. “Programming Presidential Agendas: Partisan and Media Environments that Lead Presidents to Fight Crime and Corruption.” Political Communication 31(1): 25-52. Accessible at
  • Stein, Elizabeth A. 2013. “The Unraveling of Support for Authoritarianism: The Dynamic Relationship of Media, Elites and Public Opinion in Brazil, 1972-1982.” International Journal of Press/Politics 18(1): 85-107. Accessible at
  • Frantz, Erica and Elizabeth Stein. 2012. “Comparing Political Leadership in Non-Democratic Regimes.” In Ludger Helms (ed.), Comparative Political Leadership. Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 292-313. [Chapter in edited volume]

Research Interests and Agenda

  • Information and contentious politics in repressive regimes
  • New media, ICT and protest in non-democracies
  • Media freedom and democratic accountability in Latin America
  • Media ownership and clientelist legacies in Brazil
  • Public resources, transparency and elections in Brazilian municipalities

Co-Organizer, Comparative Political Communication Workshop

Broadening our Approach: A Workshop on Comparative Political Communication hosted by The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Durham, North Carolina, March 2022


  • Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Fellow on Global Media, Development, & Democracy School of Global & International Studies, Indiana University (co-sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance, Washington, D.C.)
  • Invited Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • CLAIS Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship – Center of Latin American and Iberian Studies, The Whitney & Betty MacMillan Center of International and Area Studies, Yale University
  • Teaching Mentorship Scholarship – Department of Political Science, UCLA
  • Shorenstein Fellow in Residence – Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Fulbright IIE Fellowship, funding for fieldwork in Brazil & Chile – Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Portuguese – Latin American Institute, UCLA
  • Edward A. Dickson Fellowship, support for research and studies in Communication – Department of Communication Studies, UCLA Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Spanish – Latin American Institute, UCLA

Professional Associations

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Latin American Association of Political Science
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Midwestern Political Science Association
  • Northeastern Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association

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