Eliezer S. Poupko

I recently completed my PhD in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. My primary research explores how theoretical conceptions of the meaning and purpose of democratic voting relate to election laws and policies in the United States, but my interests extend also to comparative electoral studies and constitutional design.

My doctoral dissertation is entitled: “In Defense of Voting: Reinterpreting the Terms of the Voting Calculus with a View Toward Election Law and Policy.” The abstract and table of contents are available here, and the introductory chapter is here.

Curriculum Vitae


⋅ “An Exploratory Study of Constitutional Design in Three Island States: Seychelles, Comoros, and Mauritius.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies 35 (3): 324-348 (2017). (author’s manuscript)

⋅ “Reinterpreting p: A New Theory of How Individual Votes Contribute to Electoral Outcomes.” Election Law Journal 14 (2): 111-135 (2015).  (author’s manuscript)

“Africa’s Domestic Institutions of Integration and Accommodation: A New Database.” In Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War through Institutional Design, ed. Alan J. Kuperman, 183-224 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

Other Work

African Constitutional Design Database and Codebook (associated with book chapter above)

⋅ Eli Poupko and Alan J. Kuperman, “Selected Annotated Bibliography: Constitutional Design and Conflict Management.” Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) project, March 2011.

⋅ A short film I directed about voting in the 2010 midterm elections in Austin, TX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFXTwBt5eKY


epoupko <“at”> utexas <“dot”> edu