Milan W. Svolik is the Henry Hart Rice Visiting Associate Professor at Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches and conducts research in comparative politics, political economy, and formal political theory.
Svolik has authored and co-authored articles on the politics of authoritarian regimes and democratization in leading political science journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. He is the author of The Politics of Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which won the best book award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association. Svolik is currently working on a new book entitled Democratization in the Age of Elections, which explains the emergence and breakdown of democracy after the Cold War.
Professor Svolik received his Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 2006.