Giovanna Maria Dora Dore

Giovanna Maria Dora Dore

Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the East Asian Studies Program
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Research Interests: International Development, Comparative Politics

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Giovanna Maria Dora Dore is a Political Economist with more than 20 years of experience in international development and comparative politics, with a focus on public policy and institutions in East Asia. Dr Dore joined JHU in 2018, and her previous academic affiliations include JHU-SAIS, and American University-SIS in Washington DC. Between 1998 and 2008, Dr. Dore worked at the World Bank in various capacities, including Special Assistant to the President. Her work focused on the East Asia and Pacific Region and a broad range of topics related to growth and sustainable development, public expenditure and revenue management, and decentralization. Dr. Dore designed and managed analytical research programs, technical assistance initiatives, development policy lending, and traditional investment lending for China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Earlier on, between 1990 and 1995, she worked on migration and refugees’ issues with a focus on Pakistan, Middle Eastern, and European countries thanks to her association with the United Nations. Dr. Dore received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University - SAIS, her MA in in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, and her BA-MSc in Contemporary Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (double first class honors) from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy.

Dr. Dore is interested in comparative politics, democratic legitimacy, and authoritarian legacies. Her research draws upon economics, political science, survey and quantitative research for the social sciences. Her current research portfolio include:

“Regime Types and Reforms Effectiveness”– A combination of macro and micro approaches to investigate the complex relationships between regime type and state's capacity to devise and operationalize political and economic reforms. Funding from an APSA grant supports the preparation of case studies on Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Vietnam, Italy, France, and Germany.

 Machine Learning Analysis of Media Portraits of Protests in Hong Kong -Public protests in Hong Kong date back to British colonial rule and have evolved to capture the world’s imagination. This project applies statistical techniques from natural language processing to Western- and- Hong Kong– based English language newspaper to investigate patterns of representation of the behavior of social actors in protests from 1997 to 2020. 

A Republic, if you can keep it” – A quantitative investigation of citizens’ ambivalence and dissatisfaction with liberal democracy in selected countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas that aims at improving the current understanding of populist-fueled autocracy worldwide.

The “Economic, Social, and Democratic Transition of Myanmar - An investigation of the impacts of economic and constitutional reforms, changes in civil society and electoral participation, and access to public services in Myanmar. This research project is informed by two, original sets of national level public opinion data collected in collaboration with the Asia Foundation, and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Australian Government. Findings from the project inform policy planning and priority setting of the National League for Democracy Party, and the Ministry of Finance of Myanmar.

Dr. Dore’s focus on the political economy of the East Asian region, and include:

  • AS.180.210 Migrating to Opportunity: Economic Evidence form East Asia the US and the EU; 
  • AS.180.221The Informal Economy; Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why Do We Care;
  • AS.192.225 Economic Growth and Development of East Asia;
  • AS.192.404 Autocracy, Democracy and Economic Development: Korea, Indonesia, and Myanmar; 
  • AS.310.325 US-East Asia Trade Wars.

Dr. Dore is the sole author of Asia Struggles with Democracy in 2016, and primary contributor and editor (with Karl D. Jackson and Jae H. Ku) of  Incomplete Democracies in Asia-Pacific: Evidence from Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand in 2014.

Giovanna has authored peer-reviewed articles, conference and working papers on growth and development in emerging markets and transition economies, the economic impact of Covid-19 lockdowns; democratic legitimacy and dysfunction in Asia and Europe, and the legacy of authoritarian regimes in East Asia. Dr. Dore also authored World Bank technical reports and economic policy papers, and her commentary has appeared in The American Interest magazine.