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Joel Selway
Brigham Young University
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Joel Selway, Ph.D. 2009, University of Michigan, is Director of the Political and Economic Development Labs (PEDL) at Brigham Young University. His research interests focus on ethnically-divided societies, and especially on how to design democratic institutions to prevent conflict and enhance coordination over public goods provision. He has conducted fieldwork in Thailand, Laos, India and Mauritius and speaks Thai, Lao, French, and Greek. He also dabbles with Mandarin.

Selway's publications have appeared in several of the top outlets in the discipline, including World Politics, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has also published in area studies journals, such as the Journal of East Asian Studies, and South East Asia Research. 

He has a forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press entitled Shaping Health Policy in Developing Countries: Electoral Rules and Ethnic Politics.