Erica Shein, Director, Center for Applied Research and Learning
Erica Shein is the director for the Center for Applied Research and Learning at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). In her role in the Center, she develops and fields innovative assessment methodologies and training curricula, conducts in-depth research on technical elections topics, leads IFES’ Knowledge Management Initiative, and supports global business development. Shein is the co-author of the IFES Electoral Integrity Assessment Methodology and the Abuse of State Resources Research and Assessment Framework. She has conducted and/or edited detailed assessments using these tools in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Georgia, and Sri Lanka. She is the co-author of a chapter on “Election Audits: Principles and Practices” in the Oxford University Press publication Election Watchdogs: Transparency, Accountability, and Integrity (2017); “Election Audits: International Principles that Protect Election Integrity” (2015) and “Assessing Electoral Fraud in New Democracies: Refining the Vocabulary” (2012), and coordinated the editing and publication of Guidelines for Understanding, Adjudicating, and Resolving Disputes in Elections (2011). Prior to joining the Center, Shein worked with IFES’ Asia team, designing and managing technical assistance programs relating to election administration, legal frameworks and best practices for electoral complaints adjudication, electoral fraud and malpractice, electoral violence, and the inclusion of women and persons with disabilities in political processes in Indonesia, Cambodia and Timor-Leste.
Shein holds a master’s degree in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University. She previously worked as an associate consultant at Bain & Company.