Research

Poster encouraging Zimbabweans living in South Africa to vote in the 2013 general elections. Johannesburg, July 2013.

Poster encouraging Zimbabweans living in South Africa to vote in the 2013 general elections. Johannesburg, July 2013.

Most debates over contemporary migration focus on issues of legal status, political participation, and belonging in receiving countries. My research investigates these issues from the other side of the border: sending countries and their emigrant citizens.

I use a variety of methods and data sources, including original datasets, interviews with key decision-makers, surveys, archival documents, and field experiments, to answer questions concerning how national citizenship—and democratic norms—are being redefined in an era of unprecedented global mobility.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Wellman, Elizabeth Iams, Susan D. Hyde, and Thad E. Hall. 2018. Does Fraud Trump Partisanship? The Impact of Contentious Elections on Voter Confidence. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties 28(3), 330-348.

Wellman, Elizabeth Iams. 2015. Diaspora Voting in South Africa: Perceptions, Partisanship, and Policy Reversal. Afrique contemporaine (4), 35-50. 


Working Papers

The Enfranchisement of Citizens Abroad: Theory and Evidence from Africa. Revise and Resubmit, American Political Science Review.

Diaspora Voting in Kenya: A Promise Denied (with Beth Elise Whitaker). Under Review.

The Extraterritorial Rights and Restrictions Dataset (1980 – 2017) (with Nathan Allen and Benjamin Nyblade). Presented at 2018 APSA, 2019 MPSA, 2019 CPSA.

Why Do Emigrants Vote? Evidence from a Transnational Voter Mobilization Experiment (with Michael Ahn Paarlberg). Presented at 2017 MPSA.

Emigrant Engagement in Homeland Elections: A Survey of the Dominican Diaspora Electorate in New York (with Michael Ahn Paarlberg). Presented at 2017 ISA.


Voice after Exit: Diaspora Voting in Africa. African Politics Conference Group Newsletter 2018.

South Africa’s Tough Lessons on Migrant Policy (with Loren Landau). Foreign Policy Democracy Lab, October 13, 2015.

Policy Analysis