Dr Barbara Yoxon

Lecturer in International Politics

Research Interests

I am a political scientist whose research centres on authoritarian regimes, international conflict and political prejudice. My work examines why some authoritarian regimes are durable, while others frequently transition from one type of autocracy to another. I am expecially interested in the way international events, conflicts and crises affect autocratic stability. I also study the rise of competitive authoritarian regimes and the rise of illiberal democracy in Central Europe.

My secondary research interests lay in political psychology, with a specific focus on the origins and drivers of generalised and specific forms of prejudice. I am interested both individual-level and structural drivers of bias. My most recent work in the area includes the ivestigation of how ahoritarian personality traits and certain forms of deprivation affect anti-immigrant prejudice in Europe.