Professor Natasha Ezrow

Department of Government
Deputy Dean (Education) (Social Sciences) and Professor
Department of Sociology
Professor Natasha Ezrow
  • Email

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    +44 (0) 1206 873346

  • Location

    5.027, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    11am -1pm Tuesdays or by appointment



Director of Education Athena Swan Coordinator Project Co-ordinator Teaching Interests: International Relations and Comparative Politics, with specific interest in Development, Middle East Politics, African Politics and Latin American Politics. She has taught MA and undergraduate courses at the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit (VU), California State University (Long Beach), Ventura College and the College of the Canyons. She has also served as a visiting scholar at Texas A&M and has served as the Coordinator UNISCA for the University of Amsterdam, the largest Model UN conference in the Netherlands.


  • BA UC Irvine

  • PhD UC Santa Barbara


University of Essex

  • Director of Education, University of Essex ( 1/7/2017 - present )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Authoritarian Regimes

International Development

Third World Politics

Teaching and supervision

  • Introduction to Contemporary Latin America (CS141)

  • Introduction to Politics (GV100)

  • Violent Non State Actors: Violence, Crime and Conflict (GV211)

  • Politics of the Middle East (GV213)

  • International Relations: Theories and Approaches (GV214)

  • International Politics of the Middle East (GV215)

  • Development, N.G.Os and Foreign Aid (GV216)

  • Political Development in Asia (GV242)

  • Issues in Politics and Capstone Preparation (GV275)

  • Development, State Building and Conflict (GV537)

  • Research Project: Politics (GV831)


Journal articles (3)

Ezrow, N., (2018). Authoritarianism in the 21st Century. Politics and Governance. 6 (2), 83-83

Ezrow, N. and Frantz, E., (2013). Revisiting the Concept of the Failed State: bringing the state back in. Third World Quarterly. 34 (8), 1323-1338

Ezrow, N. and Frantz, E., (2011). Inside the Authoritarian State : State Institutions and the Survival of Dictatorships. Journal of International Affairs. 65 (1), 1-13

Books (5)

Ezrow, N., (2017). Global Politics and Violent Non-state Actors. SAGE. 1526421577. 9781526421579

Ezrow, N., Frantz, E. and Kendall-Taylor, A., (2015). Development and the State in the 21st Century Tackling the Challenges Facing the Developing World. Palgrave Macmillan. 113740714X. 9781137407146

Ezrow, N. and Frantz, E., (2013). Failed States and Institutional Decay: Understanding Instability and Poverty in the Developing World. Bloomsbury Publishing. 9781441113429

Ezrow, N. and Frantz, E., (2011). Dictators and Dictatorships: Understanding Authoritarian Regimes and their Leaders. Continuum International Publishing Group. 144117396X

Ezrow, N. and Frantz, E., (2011). The Politics of Dictatorship: Institutions and Outcomes in Authoritarian Regimes.. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 1588267857

Grants and funding


The legacy of authoritarian regimes on democratic citizenship

Economic & Social Research Council

+44 (0) 1206 873346


5.027, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

11am -1pm Tuesdays or by appointment