College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gail J. Buttorff

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Political Science
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 311
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, 504 Blake Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

Professor Buttorff's research and teaching interests include game theory, political research methods, and OLS regression.


I teach classes in the fields of comparative politics, specifically Muslim and Middle East and North African Politics, as well as research methods at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to comparative politics
  • Middle East and North African
  • Electoral systems
  • Political parties
  • Authoritarian politics
  • Democratization
  • Game theory
  • Research methods
  • Statistics


My research interests focus broadly on elections and opposition politics in the Middle East and North Africa. I am currently working on a book manuscript examining how perceptions of regime legitimacy affect opposition party strategy in authoritarian elections. In addition, together with colleagues at New York University Abu Dhabi and University College London, I am part of a multistage and multidisciplinary project examining obstacles to the implementation of family law reforms, and the improvement of women's status in the North Africa.

Research Interests

  • Middle East and North African politics
  • Authoritarian elections
  • Electoral systems
  • Political parties
  • Election fraud
  • Democratization
  • Game theory


I serve on the Department of Political Science's promotion and tenure committee for the academic year 2013-2014. I previously served on the undergraduate undergraduate studies committee. In addition, for 2013-2014, I serve on the CLAS academic misconduct panel.

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