I am a Professor of Political Science and hold the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I conduct research and teach on the politics of development with a particular focus on the causes and consequences of social boundaries and politicized identities (ethnic, racial, national). 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, and the adoption of new technologies; and occasionally write and teach on research methods and strategies.

In Fall 2017, I released my first “MOOC” on the EDx platform, “Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa,” and you can enroll in the archived version now: https://www.edx.org/course/democracy-development-perspectives-mitx-17-571x

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