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Welcoming new colleagues joining the Electoral Integrity Project

25 October, 2012

The Electoral Integrity Project welcomes two new colleagues, Dr. Rich Frank and Dr. Ferran Martinez I Coma.


In early 2013, two new colleagues, Dr. Rich Frank (from the University of New Orleans) and Dr. Ferran Martinez I Coma (from the Juan March Institute, Madrid), will be joining the Electoral Integrity Project and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. These full time research posts are funded for four years by the Australian Research Council Laureate Award.

Prof. Rich FrankProfessor Rich Frank will be joining the Electoral Integrity Project in early-January 2013 as the Project Manager and Research Associate.  Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Frank’s research focuses on the domestic effects of international non-state actors, the causes of civil conflict, human trafficking, and comparative constitutional design.

 Dr. Frank received his PhD. from Binghamton University in 2009. His work has appeared in the Journal of Peace Research and Conflict Management and Peace Science. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on civil and international conflict, foreign policy, international relations, international organizations, the politics of development, and political methodology. He helped to develop the new dataset on Political Institutions and Elections, 1972-2005 with Patrick Regan and David Clark, and he recently developed two new human trafficking datasets, one of which with Beth Simmons .

 He will be coming to Sydney on January 7th 2013 with his partner, Meggan Fitzgerald, who currently works in the education and non-profit sectors in New Orleans.

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Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma Dr Ferran Martínez i Coma will be joining the Electoral Integrity Project in early February 2013 as the Senior Research Associate. Prior to this position, he was a Technical Adviser for elections for the General Direction of Interior Policy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in Madrid, Spain.  

Ferran has published, among others, in Electoral StudiesParty Politics and Applied Economics Letters as well as in Spanish academic journals. His dissertation – a comparative study for 20 elections of 7 democracies during the 1990’s- entitled “Why do electoral campaigns matter? (¿Por qué importan las campañas electorales?)”, was published in 2008 as a book by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS). His research has been funded, among others, by the Fulbright Commission, Caja Madrid Foundation and Juan March Institute, where he is a Doctor Member. 

He was appointed assistant professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City (from July 2007 to March 2010). He was the Project Manager of the “México, Las Américas y el Mundo” and “Las Américas y el Mundo” research projects. 

Ferran has previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office in Madrid (from April 2010 to December 2011) and as a Technical Adviser at the Barcelona’s City Hall Department of Studies and Evaluation (from February 2006 to June 2007). He has also been a short term observer for the OSCE in the Kazakhstan presidential election of 2005.

He is coming to Sydney on 11th February 2013 with his partner, Cayetana Martínez, who is working for HUB Madrid and for the HUB Company, an international network of entrepreneurs and social innovators.

Current email: Ferrán Martínez i Coma <>