I am Professor of Political Science and hold the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. I use original field work, experiments, comparative-historical analysis, and other empirical strategies to better understand the drivers of democratic governance and human development in contemporary Africa. In my research and teaching, I also work on the politics of ethnicity and nationhood, state-building, human rights, public health, education, census-making, and infrastructural service delivery; and 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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