Researchers at UCD


Alexander Dukalskis

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Politics & Int Relations
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168411


My name is Alex Dukalskis and I am an assistant professor in the School of Politics and International Relations.  

I research and teach on authoritarian states, transitional justice, Asian politics, and international human rights.  My work has been published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Review, Communist & Post-Communist Studies, and Democratization.  My book, The Authoritarian Public Sphere, was published in 2017.

Previously I was a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and I have been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the Berlin Social Science Center.  I earned my dual Ph.D. in political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in human rights at the London School of Economics, and my undergraduate degree from Willamette University. 

My research interests grew out of my prior professional work with the non-profit International Debate Education Association (IDEA).  For several years I worked in over 20 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to teach debate and promote it among young people as a tool to improve critical thinking and advocacy.

You can reach me via email at or follow me on Twitter @AlexDukalskis.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2018.
Title: RIA Charlemont Grant
Year: 2017.
Title: Korea Foundation Fellowship
Year: 2016.
Title: RIA Charlemont Grant
Year: 2014.
Title: Fellowship on Peace, Governance, and Development
Year: 2015.
Title: American Political Science Association Travel Grant
Year: 2006.
Title: Stan Cohen Prize
Year: 2004.
Title: Fulbright Grant
Year: 2004.
Title: Karen Wyckoff Award
Year: 2008.
Title: Presidential Fellowship in Humanities & Social Sciences


Committee : Internationalization Committee
Committee : Research Committee, School of Politics & IR
Committee : Graduate Studies Committee, School of Politics & IR


Year 2013 Institution: University of Notre Dame
Qualification: Ph.D. Subject: Political Science & Peace Studies
Year 2011 Institution: University of Notre Dame
Qualification: M.A. Subject: Political Science
Year 2006 Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: Willamette University
Qualification: BA Subject:

Outreach Activities

Extensive list of appearances in international and domestic media (see CV)



Dukalskis, Alexander (2017) The Authoritarian Public Sphere: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma, and China. New York: Routledge. [Details]

Edited Books

Dukalskis, Alexander & Johannes Gerschewski (Ed.). (2018) Justifying Dictatorship: Studies in Autocratic Legitimation. London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Dukalskis, Alexander & Christopher D. Raymond (2018) 'Failure of Authoritarian Learning: Explaining Burma/Myanmar's Electoral System'. Democratization, 25 (3):545-563. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Brazys, S; Dukalskis, A (2017) 'Canary in the Coal Mine? China, the UNGA and the Changing World Order'. Review of International Studies, . Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Alexander Dukalskis and Johannes Gerschewski (2017) 'What Autocracies Say (and What Citizens Hear): Proposing Four Mechanisms of Autocratic Legitimation'. Contemporary Politics, 23 (3):251-268. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Alexander Dukalskis (2017) 'Myanmar's Double Transition: Political Liberalization and the Peace Process'. Asian Survey, 57 (4):716-737. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander (2017) 'Foreign Policy Change and the International Criminal Court'. International Politics, 54 (6):698-713. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Alexander Dukalskis (2017) 'Northeast Asia and the International Criminal Court: Measuring Normative Disposition'. Journal of East Asian Studies, 17 (1):29-50. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander (2016) 'North Korea's Shadow Economy: A Force for Authoritarian Resilience or Corrosion?'. Europe-Asia Studies, 68 (3):487-507. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander (2015) 'Transitional Justice in Burma/Myanmar: Cross-national Patterns and Domestic Context'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 26 :83-97. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander (2015) 'Why Do Some Insurgent Groups Agree to Cease-Fires While Others Do Not? A Within-Case Analysis of Burma/Myanmar, 1948-2011'. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 38 (10):841-863. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander & Robert C. Johansen (2013) 'Measuring Acceptance of International Enforcement of Human Rights: the United States, Asia, and the International Criminal Court'. Human Rights Quarterly, 35 (3):569-597. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Taylor, Laura K. & Alexander Dukalskis (2012) 'Old Truths and New Politics: Does Truth Commission 'Publicness' Contribute to Democratization?'. Journal of Peace Research, 49 (5):671-684. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander & Zachary Hooker (2011) 'Legitimating Totalitarianism: Melodrama and Mass Politics in North Korean Film'. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 44 (1):53-62. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander (2011) 'Interactions in Transition: How Truth Commissions and Trials Complement or Constrain Each Other'. International Studies Review, 13 (3):432-451. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Dukalskis, Alexander (2009) 'Stateness Problems or Regime Unification? Explaining Obstacles to Democratization in Burma/Myanmar'. Democratization, 16 (5):945-968. Available Online [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

I research and teach on authoritarian states, transitional justice, Asian politics, and international human rights.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
Title : Research Travel to Myanmar
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-16

Current Postgraduate Students

Heidi Riley, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor



Modules Coordinated

201700   POL30380     Politics: Introduction to Asian Politics
201700   POL20190     Politics: Contemporary Autocracies
201700   POL41020     Politics: Politics of Human Rights
201700   POL41830     Politics: Dissidents and HR Defenders