Elle Pfeffer

Research Topic:

Political economy of punishment and criminal justice
Government and Politics Network
Worcester College
DPhil Politics

I am a doctoral student at the University of Oxford in the Department of Politics and International Relations, researching the interplay of welfare state institutions and criminal legal systems. My dissertation asks why some countries are more punitive than others when handling crime. My broader research interests include comparative political economy, electoral systems and behaviour, inequality, race and ethnicity, and state capacity. Previously, I received a MPhil from the University of Oxford (2017) and a BA from Johns Hopkins University (2015).


My research interests include:

  • Constitutions, Institutions and Governments,
  • Comparative Politics and Government,
  • Law and International law,
  • Rights, Justice, and Equality,
  • Electoral systems,
  • Political Economy


Elle Pfeffer