Sirianne Dahlum

Sirianne Dahlum

Senior Researcher

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

I am a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem). Much of my research explores why and when citizens develop preferences for democracy and dictatorship, and when they will challenge political leaders and regimes through actions such as nonviolent and violent mass protest. One recurrent theme in my published work is how education influences citizens’ political preferences and participation in mass protest.

My work is featured in journals such as Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, World Development and Journal of Conflict Resolution, and outlets such as the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog and BBC News.


  • Democratization and autocratization
  • Mass attitudes
  • Nonviolent and violent mobilization
  • Quantitative methods


  • PhD in Political Science, 2017

    University of Oslo

  • MA in Political Science, 2012

    University of Oslo

  • MSc in Comparative Politics, 2010

    London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)