Dr Lisa Handley

Visiting Research Academic


Dr Lisa Handley joined CENDEP in June 2016 as a Visiting Research Academic. Lisa has a PhD in political science from George Washington University and has taught political science and methodology courses at several US universities, including the University of Virginia, George Washington University and the University of California Irvine.

Lisa is a specialist in research methodology and statistical analysis. She has designed methodologies and statistical tools for carrying out a variety of sophisticated research projects, including determining if an electoral system discriminates against minority voters and measuring the relative impact of prevention mechanisms on the incidence of torture. The latter project has produced the book, Does Torture Prevention Work? (Liverpool University Press 2016) with Dr Richard Carver of CENDEP.

Lisa’s current projects range from advising the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone to conducting statistical analysis to challenge minority vote dilution in the United States. She has written many books and academic articles on minority rights, democracy, and elections.

At CENDEP, Lisa plans to develop her research on torture prevention further, addressing issues such as the protection of women in custody from state violence. She will hold seminars on research methods to help students prepare for their dissertations and will be available to advise students on designing and presenting their research.


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