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From 1 – 23rd December 2021, Andrew Reynolds, faculty member in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Professor of Political Science (on leave) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an ACES visiting scholar invited by the Theme Group ‘Diverse Europe’.

Reynolds is one of the leading scholars on LGBT representation. His latest book ‘The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World’ has been lauded as a groundbreaking study of the impact of out queer elected officials.

During his stay in Amsterdam, Reynolds will engage in several ACES events. On 7 December, he will give a lecture on divergence in the embrace of LGBTQ rights among right wing parties in the OSCE.  This is a hybrid event, taking place on Roeterseiland Campus and online.

On 9 December, he will participate in a discussion on the representation of LGBT people in politics, together with academics, politicians and activists from the U.S. and the Netherlands. Other speakers include former member of the Dutch Parliament Tofik Dibi, current member of the Dutch Parliament Lisa van Ginniken, former member of the United States House of Representatives Katie Hill, United States State Senator in Delaware Sarah McBride, and dual-councilor for Bij1 in the Amsterdam city council, vreer verkerke. This is a hybrid event, run in collaboration with SPUI25.

Reynolds will also engage with students and staff at the UvA in an informal event on heteronormativity at the university on 8 December. This event is organized by ASV Gay, Anne Louise Schotel and Dimitris Bouris and is aimed at mapping challenges faced by students and formulating solutions for the future.

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds  received his B.A.(Hons) from the University of East Anglia, a M.A. (Dist.) from the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

His research and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics. He is particularly interested in the presence and impact of minorities and marginalized communities. He has worked for the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the UK Department for International Development, the US State Department, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Foundation for Election Systems. He has also served as a consultant on issues of electoral and constitutional design for Afghanistan, Angola, Burma, Egypt, Fiji, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. He has received research awards from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, and the Ford Foundation.

Among his books are: The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford, 2015) with Jason Brownlee and Tarek Masoud, Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World (Oxford, 2011), The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy (Oxford, 2002), Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa (Oxford, 1999), Election 99 South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki (St. Martin’s, 1999), Election 94 South Africa: The Campaigns, Results and Future Prospects (David Philip, 1994), Elections and Conflict Management in Africa (USIP, 1998), co-edited with T. Sisk, and The International IDEA Handbook of Electoral System Design (IDEA, 1997, 2nd. 1997, 3rd. 2005) wth Ben Reilly and Andrew Ellis.

The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World (Oxford, 2018) has been lauded as a groundbreaking study of the impact of out queer elected officials. Reynolds is the founder of QueerPolitics and a faculty member in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In 2017 he was shortlisted to be the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.

His articles have appeared in journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, World Politics, Democratization, Politics and Society, Middle East Law and Governance, Electoral Studies, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. He has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and San Diego Union Tribune. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Serbo-Croat, Albanian, Burmese, Bahasa, Nepali, Thai, Tamil, and Portuguese.