I am a Professor of Political Science and hold the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I also direct the Global Diversity Lab and the MIT-Africa Program.
I study how social identities such as race, ethnicity, and nationhood come to be politically salient; and the consequences of identity politics for state-building, conflict, and human development. Relatedly, I consider the challenges of democratic accountability in diverse societies, especially in Africa and other parts of the Global South. In my work, I use original field work, experiments, comparative-historical analysis, and other empirical approaches, 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.