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I am Professor of Political Science and hold the Total Chair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. I use original field work, experiments, comparative-historical analysis, and other empirical strategies to better understand the drivers of democratic governance and human development in contemporary Africa. In my research and teaching, I also work on the politics of ethnicity and nationhood, state-building, human rights, public heath, education, census-making, and infrastructural service delivery; and on research methods and strategies.

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