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Digital authoritarianism – the use of digital technology by a state to surveil, repress and manipulate domestic and foreign populations – is on the rise around the world. In this course, we examine why digital authoritarianism gains global momentum, how both democratic and autocratic governments use digital tools to manipulate public opinion, and what impact the “big data”, technological tools and platforms have on democracy. Drawing from global and comparative politics literature, we begin the course by surveying the causes of global democratic regression and examine how digital dictators in China and Russia project “sharp power” by interfering in elections, hacking and spreading disinformation in established democracies. We then examine the emerging digital threats to cybersecurity, digital censorships and the use of bots, troll factories, memes to spread disinformation, mistrust and hate. We conclude the course by comparing the efficacy of digital activism and the approaches taken by the governments, digital platforms and citizens to regulate the cyber-chaos.
I am happy to supervise students interested in democratization, authoritarianism, electoral and party politics, digital democracy, representation of women and minorities.
Graduate Seminars (McMaster)
- Poli Sci 740: Theories of Comparative Politics
- Poli Sci 716: Comparative Authoritarianism
- Poli Sci 765: Gender and Politics of Representation (Reading Course)
Undergraduate Courses (McMaster)
- Poli Sci 3LC3: Southeast Asian Politics
- Poli Sci 4KC3: Comparative Democratization
- Poli Sci 3H03: Honours Issues in Comparative Politics (Authoritarian Politics)
Reading Group (College of Alice and Peter Tan, NUS)
- Gender and Politics
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Teaching Evaluations (McMaster University)
|2019||Fall||Poli Sci 3LC3||32%||9.07|
|Poli Sci 740||43%||9.0|
|2018||Winter||Poli Sci 4KC3||65%||9.27|
|Poli Sci 740||50%||9.66|
|2017||Fall||Poli Sci 3LC3||65%||9.41|
|Poli Sci 716||67%||7.0|
|2017||Winter||Poli Sci 3LC3||79%||9.68|
|Poli Sci 716||82%||9.6|
|2016||Fall||Poli Sci 4KC3||85%||9.35|
|Poli Sci 740||80%||8.5|
|2016||Winter||Poli Sci 4KC3||85%||9.67|
|Poli Sci 3H03||81%||8.92|
|2015||Fall||Poli Sci 3LC3||81%||9.12|
|Poli Sci 740||57%||9.5|
|2015||Winter||Poli Sci 3H03||90%||9.21|
|Poli Sci 4KC3||85%||9.27|
|2014||Fall||Poli Sci 740||90%||8.9|
|Poli Sci 3LC3||60%||9.52|
|2014||Winter||Poli Sci 740||100%||9.63|
|Poli Sci 3LC3||61%||9.24|
|2013||Fall||Poli Sci 3H03||70%||8.43|
|Poli Sci 4KC3||94%||7.4|
|2013||Winter||Poli Sci 740||100%||6.71|
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