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Political sciences

Rebecca Tapscott

Member since 2024

Occupation: Lecturer in Politics at University of York

I am thrilled to join the UK Young Academy because of its ethos of bridging academia and policy to tackle global challenges through innovative, imaginative, and blue-sky thinking.


Rebecca Tapscott is a political scientist and academic in Politics at the University of York. Her research centres on explaining how states produce and project political power; as well as how to study these dynamics ethically, with a focus on the global South. Before joining York, Rebecca held a post-doc and then an Ambizione Research Fellowship at the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, and at the University of Edinburgh’s Politics and International Relations Department. She holds a PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and is a recipient of the Fletcher School’s Alfred Rubin Prize in International Law (2011) and the International Studies Association’s Carl Beck award for innovative research on emergent international concerns (2017).

She has published 11 articles and book chapters, and is the author of “Arbitrary States: Social control and modern authoritarianism in Museveni’s Uganda” (Oxford University Press, 2021).


  • Cross-cultural and international education
  • Education - responsibilities and influences
  • Engaging under-represented audiences
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • International research opportunities access
  • Research culture
  • Social change
  • Societal impact of research