Zachary S Elkins
Zachary Elkins' research focuses on issues of national constitutions, democracy, institutional reform, research methods, and national identity, with an emphasis on cases in Latin America. His book, "The Endurance of National Constitutions" (2009), explores the factors that lead to the survival of national constitutions. He is currently completing another book manuscript, "Designed by Diffusion: Constitutional Reform in Developing Democracies," which examines the design and diffusion of democratic institutions. He published numerous articles and book chapters and created online and media projects on topics related to policy-making and constitutional politics. Elkins co-directs both the Comparative Constitutions Project, a NSF-funded initiative to understand the causes and consequences of constitutional choices, and the website constituteproject.org, which provides resources and analysis for constitutional drafters in new democracies.