Assistant Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University
Chapter Member: Michigan SSN
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Frantz studies authoritarian politics, with a focus on democratization, conflict, and development. She is also interested in the security and policy implications of autocratic rule. Frantz has published four books on dictatorships and development, as well as a number of journal articles and op-ed pieces. Prior to joining academia, she worked as a political analyst for a government contractor in the DC area.
In the News
"Trump is Already Hurting Democracy. Now the GOP is Making it Worse.," Erica Frantz, The Washington Post, November 16, 2018.
Erica Frantz's research on dictatorships discussed by , "Turkey’s Crisis Exposes the Perils of Strongman Rule," The New York Times, August 14, 2018.
Erica Frantz quoted by Torrey Taussig, "The Succession Dilemma" The American Interest, March 16, 2018.
"Did Xi Jinping Just Become China’s Strongman? Not Quite," Erica Frantz (with ), The Washington Post, March 13, 2018.
Erica Frantz quoted by Doug Saunders, "Why Xi Jinping’s Cult of Personality is More Dangerous than it Looks" The Globe and Mail, March 2, 2018.
Erica Frantz quoted by Max Fisher, "Xi Sets China on a Collision Course with History" New York Times, February 28, 2018.
Erica Frantz quoted on the stability of authoritarian regimes, "How Xi Jinping's 'Lifetime Presidency' Could Change China - For Better or Worse" MENAFN, February 27, 2018.
"What Went Wrong for Mugabe? Most Aging Dictators Don’t Get Toppled by Coups.," Erica Frantz (with ), The Washington Post, November 22, 2017.
"What Happens When a Strongman Dictator Creates His Own Political Party?," Erica Frantz, Democratic Audit, October 24, 2017.
"How Democracies Fall Apart: Why Populism is a Pathway to Autocracy," Erica Frantz (with ), Foreign Affairs, December 5, 2016.
"When Ailing Dictators Die in Office, What Happens Next?," Erica Frantz (with ), The Washington Post, December 1, 2016.
"The New Dictators: Why Personalism Rules," Erica Frantz (with ), Foreign Affairs, September 26, 2016.
"How Democratic Institutions are Making Dictatorships More Durable," Erica Frantz (with ), The Washington Post, March 19, 2015.
"Burkina Faso and the Growing Vulnerability of Autocrats to Revolt," Erica Frantz, The Washington Post, November 12, 2014.
"Autocrats Now More Vulnerable to Being Ousted by Revolt," Erica Frantz (with ), The Washington Post, April 4, 2014.