Giovanna Maria Dora Dore

Giovanna Maria Dora Dore

Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Director, East Asian Studies

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Research Interests: Comparative politics, democratic legitimacy, authoritarian legacies, computational social science, East and Southeast Asia

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Giovanna Maria Dora Dore is a Political Economist with nearly 20 years of experience in international developmentand comparative politics, with a focus on public policy and institutions in East Asian emerging markets. 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 in 2012, her MA in in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University – SAIS in 1998, and her BA-MSc in Contemporary Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (double first class honors) from the Catholic University of Milan in 1995.

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

"China Soft Power" - Employing content analysis of newspaper articles this project sheds light on China's efforts to build soft power by hosting hallmark sport events like the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2022.

"Media Portraits of Protests in Hong Kong" - Applying natural language processing and qualitative content analysis Hong Kong - and western-based newspapers, this project investigate changes in press freedom in Hong Kong between 1998 and 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 “Democratic Transition of MyanmarAn investigation of the impacts of constitutional and government reforms, changes in civil society and electoral participation, and access to public services in Myanmar. It 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 projectinform policy planning and priority setting of the National League for Democracy Party, and the Ministry of Finance of Myanmar.

Economics-focused Research

“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. 

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 Myanma

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.

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2023. Theory-grounded Computational Text Analysis and the Road Forward. [*co-first author with Arya D. McCarthy]. Proceedings of The 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Toronto.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2022. Learning to Play with the Machines in Social Science Research: Bringing the Theory Back In. [*co-first author with Arya D. McCarthy]. ICML 2022 - Workshop on Human-Machine Collaboration and Teaming (ICML-HMCaT), Baltimore.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2022. The Role of Business Elites in Hong Kong's Evolving Political Identity. Special Issue Chinese Diasporas and Transnational Public Spheres in the Long 20th Century, Huei-Ying Kuo and Sydney Van Morgan (Eds.). Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives, 16: 56–78.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dore. 2022. Hong Kong: Longitudinal and Synchronic Characterizations of Protest News between 1998 and 2020. [*co-first author with Arya D. McCarthy]. Proceedings of The European Language Resources Association, 13th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Marseille.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2021. A Mixed-methods Analysis of Western and Hong Kong-based Reporting on the 2019-2020 Protests. [*co-first author with Arya D. McCarthy and James A. Scharf]. Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2021. Would a Patent Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines Help Achieving Vaccine Equity? World Economics Journal, 22(3), July-September 2021: 53-72.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2021. Characterizing News Portrayal of Civil Unrest in Hong Kong, 1998–2020. [*co-first author with James A. Scharf and Arya D. McCarthy]. Proceedings of CASE-IJCNLP,

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2021. In Sizing Civil Society, Format and Wording Matter. [*principal author; with Karl D. Jackson] Social Indicator Research, 155(3): 983-994.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2020. Asia’s Democracy Puzzle: Five Uneasy Pieces. [*co-first author with Karl D. Jackson]. Asian Perspectives, 44(4): 617-649.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2020 Problems of Measurement of the Relationship between Civil Society and Democracy when Using Survey Data. [*principal author; with Karl D. Jackson]. Social Indicators Research, 149: 155-166.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2020. Will Pandemic Bonds Deliver on their Promise? World Economics Journal, 21(2), April–June 2020: 283-297.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2019. The Informal Economy – Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why Do We Care. World Economics Journal, 20(1), January-March.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2017. Measuring the Elusive Middle Class and Estimating its Role in Economic Development and Democracy? World Economics Journal, 18(2), April–June.

Dore Giovanna Maria Dora. 2017. Reforming the Italian Labour Market: A Never-ending Story. World Economics Journal, 18(4), October–December.

Dore Giovanna. 2006. Urban Transition in Mongolia: Pursuing Sustainability in a Unique Environment. [*co-first author with Dr Tanvi Nagpal]. Environment Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 48(6). Washington D.C.

Dore Giovanna. 2002. Public Environmental Expenditure in Indonesia [*co-first author with Dr Jeffrey R. Vincent, Dr Jean Aden, Magda Adriani, Dr Vivi Rambe, and Thomas Walton). Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 38(1).

 

Other Peer Reviewed Publications

Dore Giovanna. 2010. Mongolia South Gobi Regional Development Strategy. [with Thomas Walton, and Tony Whitten] World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2008. Review and Analysis of the Pollution Impacts from Vietnamese Manufacturing Sectors. [Principal author with Philip Brylski, Jostein Nygard and Phoung Than Tran]. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2006. Mongolia – A Review of Social Impacts in the Mining Sector. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2002. The Environmental Implications of China’s Accession to the World Trade Organization. [*co-first author with Robert Crooks, Jostein Nygard, and Hua Wang]. International Monetary Fund Technical Working Paper (peer reviewed). Washington D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2004. Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability in the Philippines. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2004. The Environmental Challenges of Urban Development in Mongolia. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank,

Dore Giovanna. 2003. Land Resources and Their Management in Mongolia: From Communal to Private Land Ownership. [Principal author with Tony Whitten and Tanvi Nagpal]. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2003. Institutions and Regulatory Systems for Environmental Sustainability in Cambodia. [*co-first author with Glenn Morgan and Kirsten Fehrenkamp]. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2003. From Goats to Coats: Institutional Reform in Mongolia’s Cashmere Sector [*co-first author with Vera Songwe]. World Bank Technical Paper (no. 26240-MOG) (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2003. Governance of Natural Resources in the Philippines: Directions for the Future. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed) Washington, D.C.: The World Bank,

Dore Giovanna. 2000. Environmental Financing Mechanisms in Thailand: Assessment and Agenda for Reform. [*co-first author with Dr Benoit Laplante]. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 2000. Environmental Trends for The New Millennium in the Philippines. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna. 1999. The Environmental Dimension of the Economic Crisis in Korea: A Step Back or a New Way Forward? [*co-first author with Jean Aden; Judith Moore; Sang-Don Lee; Taek-Whan Han]. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Dore Giovanna.1999. The Environmental Implications of the Economic Crisis and Adjustment in East Asia. [*co-first author with Magda Lovei and Herman Caesar]. World Bank Technical Paper (peer reviewed). Washington D.C.: The World Bank.