Maggie Shum

Research and Program Associate, Global Policy Initiative

Maggie Shum

237 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-2051
mshum@nd.edu

Maggie Shum

Research and Program Associate, Global Policy Initiative

Maggie Shum is a research and program associate of the Global Policy Initiative in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. She earned a PhD in political science from Notre Dame, specializing in comparative politics with a regional focus in Latin America, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She is interested in participatory policies, policy diffusion, political party organizations, contentious politics, and elections. Her dissertation “The Politics of Policy Diffusion: Party Organization Versus Individual Motivations in the Diffusion of Participatory Budgeting in Brazil” focuses on how participatory budgeting—a program heavily associated with the Workers’ Party—spread across Brazil and was adopted by politicians on both left and right.

Shum researches the relationship between the “stunted” party system development and the cycle of contentious politics in Hong Kong, especially in recent years. She also is conducting the survey research project “Hong Kong Voices in American Politics,” which focuses on Hong Kong-Americans’ political attitudes in the 2020 US election. Shum plays a role in the Comparative Assessment of Electoral Risk project, evaluating potential scenarios and their damage to democratic institutions and norm in the 2020 US election, and the Presidential Transition Index, which tracks and assesses the Trump-Biden transition.

Shum has provided commentary on Hong Kong politics for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, America, La Tercera, Catholic News Service, and Mischiefs of Faction. She has interned at the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House, where she supported reports including “Freedom in the World ” (Hong Kong, China and Tibet), “Freedom in the Net” (China), and the China Media Bulletin.

Recent Work

Website: maggieshum.com

Op-Ed: Hong Kong’s District Council Elections Take Place on Nov. 24. Or Not. (Washington Post)