Margit Tavits

Margit Tavits

Chair in Political Science
William Taussig Professor in Arts and Sciences
research interests:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Parties and Elections
  • Political Institutions
  • Democracy
  • Corruption
  • European Politics
  • Post-Communist Politics
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    • Washington University
      CB 1063
      One Brookings Drive
      St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    ​Professor Tavits is a comparativist who studies party politics and political behavior.

    Tavits specializes in comparative politics and her research interests are relatively broad: she has studied various issues related to political parties, political institutions, corruption, post-communist politics, and gender equality. While she continues to be interested in these topics, her 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 her most exciting new research ventures into an uncharted territory in political science is exploring how the language we speak affects how we think about politically relevant issues such as gender and LGBT equality, environmental policy, and ethnic divisions.