I am a Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I hold the Total Chair in contemporary African politics. I use original field work, experiments, interviews, case studies, and data analysis to better understand the relationship between democratic governance and human development; and the causes and consequences of mobilizing ethnic and national identities. In my research, I have investigated the politics of taxation, health, AIDS, education, census-making, and infrastructural service delivery.

I conduct most of my research in Southern and Eastern Africa, but I frequently work with students who specialize in other world regions.



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