I am Professor of Political Science and hold the Total Chair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and I am an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. I use original field work, experiments, surveys, in-depth interviews, comparative-historical research, and data analysis to study various aspects of the political-economy of development.
My research attempts to better understand questions about democratic accountability; the causes and consequences of mobilizing ethnic and national identities; the process of state-building; the relationship between information and active citizenship; and how new technologies influence politics and research. Substantively, I have focused on the politics of taxation, health, AIDS, education, census-making, and infrastructural service delivery. I also write and teach on research methods.