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Erik Herron was born in Flint, Michigan, and moved to Kansas in the early 2000s. He currently works as an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas where he teaches and conducts research on elections and political parties, especially in the countries that once constituted the Soviet Union.
He has traveled extensively in East Europe and Eurasia, and has served as an international election observer for seven elections in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine.
Erik has authored or co-authored several books, including his new 2009 book, Elections and Democracy after Communism? and Mixed Electoral Systems: Contamination and Its Consequences, published in 2005.
His research focuses on the design and consequences of election rules. He has extensively studied mixed electoral systems, post-communist elections, and election fraud. Erik's current research projects include studies of the connection between election rules and party personnel decision-making, the role of the courts in adjudicating election disputes, use of deputy requests in Ukraine, and spatial variation in voting in several post-communist countries. Eric has published research and articles in several professional journals. He writes about post-Soviet elections on his blog, Все на Выборы!.
Erik's international experiences, especially related to elections, inspire the issues that he explores here at Everyday Citizen. We are very honored that he has joined our Everyday Citizen community! He welcomes you to view his blog posts here.