I am Professor of Political Science and hold the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I teach and conduct research on the political-economy of development. I use original field work, experiments, comparative-historical analysis, and other empirical strategies to study questions about democratic accountability, state-building, human rights, public health, multi-level governance, the adoption of new technologies, and the politics of ethnic conflict and nationalism. I also occasionally write and teach on research methods and strategies.

This fall, I released my first “MOOC” on the EDx platform, “Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa,” and you can enroll in the archived version now:


MIT News Profile on MITx/EDx course

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