Andrew Reynolds received his B.A.(Hons) from the University of East Anglia, a M.A. (Dist.) from the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

His research and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics. He is particularly interested in the presence and impact of minorities and marginalized communities. He has worked for the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the UK Department for International Development, the US State Department, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Foundation for Election Systems. He has also served as a consultant on issues of electoral and constitutional design for Afghanistan, Angola, Burma, Egypt, Fiji, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. He has received research awards from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, and the Ford Foundation.

Among his books are: The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford, 2015) with Jason Brownlee and Tarek Masoud, Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World (Oxford, 2011), The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy (Oxford, 2002), Electoral Systems and Democratization in Southern Africa (Oxford, 1999), Election 99 South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki (St. Martin’s, 1999), Election 94 South Africa: The Campaigns, Results and Future Prospects (David Philip, 1994), Elections and Conflict Management in Africa (USIP, 1998), co-edited with T. Sisk, and The International IDEA Handbook of Electoral System Design (IDEA, 1997, 2nd. 1997, 3rd. 2005) wth Ben Reilly and Andrew Ellis.

The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World (Oxford, 2018) has been lauded as a groundbreaking study of the impact of out queer elected officials. Reynolds is the founder of QueerPolitics and a faculty member in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a Professor of Political Science (on leave) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2017 he was shortlisted to be the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.

His articles have appeared in journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, World Politics, Democratization, Politics and Society, Middle East Law and Governance, Electoral Studies, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. He has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and San Diego Union Tribune. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Serbo-Croat, Albanian, Burmese, Bahasa, Nepali, Thai, Tamil, and Portuguese.

Selected Publications

“Voter Preferences and the Political Underrepresentation of Minority Groups: Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Candidates in Advanced Democracies,” (with Gabriele Magni) Journal of Politics, forthcoming.

"Calling Trump ‘Morbidly Obese’ Taps into Voters Antipathy toward Overweight Candidates," (with Gabriele Magni) Washington Post, June 2020.

“Does Sexual Orientation Still Matter? The impact of LGBT candidate identity and visibility on vote share in the UK elections of 2015,” (with Gabriele Magni) American Political Science Review, Vol.12, No.3 (August 2018).

The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018), 354pp. (Paperback May 2020).