Political Science

Ae sil Woo

Assistant Professor

Political Science



Campus Box 0406


Glatfelter Hall
Room 304
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Ithaca College, 2012
PhD University of California, Merced

Academic Focus

Dictatorships, Institutional Designs, Legislative Process, Opposition Politics

Dr. Ae sil Woo studies how dictators manage the trade-off between reducing opposition threat and minimizing policy loss. Specifically, she explores leaders' strategic rule manipulations to decouple the opposition's electoral success from policy influence while increasing the inclusiveness of a legislative process. Her work, which has been published in the Journal of Politics and the Annals of Comparative Democratization, contributes to our understanding of why dictators create heterogeneous legislative institutions and how those institutions affect a variety of political outcomes including opposition dissent and executive term limits.


Learn more about Dr. Ae sil Woo at her website, www.aesilwoo.com.

Courses Taught