Qualitative Researcher – Labor Scholar – Professor – Author

Ian M. Hartshorn is political scientist and labor scholar. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he graduated from Bucknell University with majors in religion and Middle East studies as a first-generation student. He currently serves as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

His research focuses on labor and working-class contentious politics under authoritarian and democratizing regimes, with a special interest in the strategic choices made by trade unions. Other projects analyze higher education, qualitative research methods and the role of rentier and state-led economic strategies in comparative perspectives. His research has been published in multiple venues including Political Research Quarterly, Global Governance, and Economic and Industrial Democracy as well as The Washington Post and Jadaliyya. He is the author of Labor Politics in North Africa from Cambridge University Press, a former co-chair of the American Political Science Association Labor Politics group and sits on the editorial board of Mediterranean Politics and the APSA MENA Newsletter.

Dr. Hartshorn is co-PI of the Regimes and Political Parties Project (RPPP) with Dr. Allison Evans, a new project looking at the role of political parties under various regime types that attempts to push past democratic-normative assumptions about party formation and behavior.