Associate Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise
Religion and Politics, Democracy and Dictatorship, Political Education, Contemporary Chinese and Russian Politics
Karrie specializes in the study of contemporary Chinese and Russian politics, authoritarianism, and religion and politics. She is the author of “Religion and Authoritarianism: Cooperation, Conflict and the Consequences” (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and her work has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, The China Quarterly, Post-Soviet Affairs, Economics and Politics, and Review of Religion and Chinese Society.
Her research has been supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Fulbright program, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), the Einaudi Center and East Asia Program at Cornell University, and the University of Oregon. Koesel is also an Associate Scholar of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, a researcher for the Under Caesar’s Sword Project at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame, and a member of the International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes (IDCAR) research network, and a Public Intellectual Fellow for the National Committee on US-China Relations.