I am a Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I direct the MIT Global Diversity Lab, and I am the faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), the institute’s hub for international education. I hold the Total chair on the study of Contemporary Africa.

In my research and teaching, I study the democratic politics of governing ethnically and racially diverse societies, including with respect to the challenges of public health, climate adaptation, and ensuring respect for human dignity. I use original field work, experiments, comparative-historical analysis, and other empirical approaches. I also write and teach about research methods and strategies. Much of my work is focused on the African continent, and I am faculty director of the MIT-Africa program.

My book, Until We Have Won Our Liberty: South Africa after Apartheid, will be published by Princeton University Press at the end of June 2022. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon and other booksellers.

If you are interested in taking my online course, “Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa,” you can enroll in the archived version now: https://www.edx.org/course/democracy-development-perspectives-mitx-17-571x..