Margit Tavits

Department of Political Science
Washington University in St. Louis

I specialize in comparative politics and my research interests are relatively broad: I have studied various issues related to political parties, political institutions, corruption, post-communist politics, and gender equality. While I continue to be interested in these topics, my ongoing research extends the list even further and considers the effects of wartime violence on post-war politics, inter-ethnic cooperation, and women's representation. Some of my most exciting new research ventures into an uncharted territory in political science: I explore how the language we speak affects how we think about politically relevant issues such as gender equality, environmental policy, and ethnic divisions. 

Together with Marc Debus (Mannheim) and Zeynep Somer-Topcu (UT-Austin), we are leading the Comparative Campaign Dynamics Project, funded by the German Science Foundation. ***Data from that project are now available! Check the link to the website.***

Finally, I am also co-organizing the Comparative Politics Annual Conference (CPAC), sponsored by the Department of Political Science at WashU.


Campus Box 1063
Seigle Hall 234A
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130