Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan received his PhD from Emory University in 2018 and currently works as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on conflict processes as well as the causes and consequences of democratization and autocratization. His conflict-related work covers five related topics: state coercive and infrastructural power, development in conflict settings, how international market conditions affect conflict dynamics, and how different formal and informal institutions influence the willingness of various actors to use violence to advance their political agenda. His work on democratization and autocratization focuses on the role formal and informal institutions play in determining whether regimes will transition to democracy as well as whether regimes will enact reforms that will make them more autocratic.