Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Ahmed’s main area of expertise is the study of democratic institutions and particularly electoral systems. She is especially interested in how the “rules of the game” affect democratic outcomes: who participates, how influential certain groups are, and what are the policy consequences of these two issues. She studies the development of electoral systems historically to see how the mechanics of democracy can impact the substance of democratic politics. This research illustrates that even small shifts in voting rules, districting decisions, and electoral systems can have a significant impact – not just on who wins and who loses, but also on who gets to play the game.