Farsan Ghassim

Farsan Ghassim

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
Survey experiments on world public opinion about global democracy and governance
Degree course:
DPhil
Email:
farsan [dot] ghassim @politics.ox.ac.uk

Research Themes:
United Nations Democracy and Democratisation Global governance International order International organisations Methods Normative theory International ethics and global Justice Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Areas of expertise

  • Global democracy

  • Global governance

  • Survey experiments

  • Survey methods

Academic Profile

  • 2016 – present: DPhil International Relations, University of Oxford

    • Dissertation: Who on Earth Wants Global Democracy – and Why (Not)? A Theoretical, Observational, and Experimental Study of World Public Opinion

    • Coursework:

      • Research Design Methods in International Relations (by Andrea Ruggeri)

      • Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences (by James Tilley)

      • Intermediate Social Statistics (by Elias Dinas and Andrew Eggers)

      • Experimental Methods (by Raymond Duch)

  • 2013 – 2015: MA Global Affairs, Yale University

    • Award for Academic Excellence in Global Affairs (for the top graduate of the program)

  • 2008 – 2011: BSc Management, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

    • First Class Honours

Languages

  • German: first language

  • Persian: mother tongue

  • English: fluent

  • French: advanced

  • Spanish: advanced

  • Arabic: basic

  • Russian: basic

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Courses developed

  • 2020: A Global Democracy? Introduction to Theory, Empirics, and Practice; 2-week full-time summer course (selected from 190 submitted proposals) for undergraduate awardees of Germany’s leading scholarship institution, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), Leysin (Switzerland)

Principal instructor

  • 2019 – 2020: Political Analysis (Q-Step) II, quantitative methods course for undergraduate students in the social sciences, University of Oxford

Teaching assistant

  • 2019 – 2020: Quantitative Methods Graduate Teaching Assistantship (with Andrew Eggers), Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
  • 2014: Global Order Through Law (with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court), Yale University

Publications

Working papers

  • What Global Governance Do People Want? A Multi-Country Survey Experiment on Institutional Designs for the United Nations (with Mathias Koenig-Archibugi and Luis Cabrera)

  • A Democratic Deficit in Global Politics? Novel Concepts and Worldwide Survey Experiments

  • The Specter of World Government: A Multinational Survey Experiment (with Markus Pauli)

  • Know How to Handle “Don’t Know”: A Method for Analyzing No Opinion Responses in Surveys (with Martin Wittenberg)

Research tools

  • Income Brackets Creator for Multinational Surveys: Excel tool for automatic calculation of country-specific income bracket lists and preparation for copy-pasting into Qualtrics

Magazine articles

  • 2017: Eine Welt, ein Parlament? [One World, One Parliament?], Sonderbeilage Mercator Kolleg 2016, Internationale Politik, January/February

  • 2015: The Proposal of a UN Parliament, Diplomatisches Magazin, December

Conference Papers and Presentations

Invited presentations

  • 2020: Who on Earth Wants Global Democracy – and Why (Not)? A Theoretical, Observational, and Experimental Study of World Public Opinion, RECONNECT Workshop on Institutional Reform and Public Legitimacy, Münster (Germany), January 23-24

  • 2018: A Democratic Deficit in World Politics? Novel Conceptualizations and Global Survey Experiments, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt (Germany), December 19

  • 2018: The Specter of World Government: A Global Survey Experiment, Yale-NUS College, Singapore, October 30

Conference papers

  • 2020: What Global Governance Do People Want? A Multi-Country Survey Experiment on Institutional Designs for the United Nations, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Honolulu (USA), March 25-28

  • 2019: A Democratic Deficit in World Politics? Novel Conceptualizations and Global Survey Experiments, European Political Science Association (EPSA) Annual Conference, Belfast (UK), June 20-22

  • 2019: What Global Governance Do the People Want? A Multi-Country Survey Experiment on Institutional Designs for the United Nations, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions of Workshops, Mons (Belgium), April 8-12

  • 2019: The Specter of World Government: A Global Survey Experiment, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Toronto (Canada), March 27-30

  • 2018: A Democratic Deficit in World Politics? Novel Conceptualizations and Global Survey Experiments, German Political Science Association (GPSA) Congress, Frankfurt (Germany), September 25-28

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