Seema Shah argues for putting the lived experiences of historically marginalised communities at the centre of democracy measurement. By doing so, she says, we can meaningfully reshape our understanding of democracy as a practice
She previously served as the research and strategy lead for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian innovation department in the Middle East region.
Prior experience also includes leading electoral integrity-related research and advocacy for a coalition of Kenyan civil society organizations in Nairobi.
As the Director of Research, she managed a team of data analysts in the development of evidence-based advocacy reports for national election reform campaigns and for Supreme Court cases challenging the credibility of the 2013 and 2017 Kenyan elections.
Seema has also worked on election violence, media development, campaign finance reform, human rights research and advocacy, and standard-setting for electoral integrity with civil society organizations in the DRC, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the United States, as well as with International IDEA in a previous capacity.
She holds a PhD in Political Science from UCLA and a MSt in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.
Her research interests include democratisation in the developing world, electoral integrity, racism and discrimination, and economic, social and cultural rights.