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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 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 dignity and development; and occasionally write and teach on research methods and strategies.

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, or enroll in the Spring 2020 release (date: TBD). I am excited to have received a Digital Humanities fellowship at MIT, allowing me to work with a group of student programmers to develop a simulation module, which we plan to have available for a Spring 2021 release.