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Elizabeth is an assistant professor in the department of Political Science and the Program on African Studies at Penn State. She holds a PhD in Political Science from UCLA (2011) and has previously held fellowships at Stanford’s CDDRL and the Program on Democracy at Yale’s MacMillan Center. She specializes in political behavior, experimental methods, and the political economy of development in Africa. Her research focuses on political behavior in new African democracies, in particular, how voters’ preferences impact the incentive of elites to provide good governance. To this end, she also focuses on evaluating and improving the methods by which Africanists can identify voters’ preferences and behaviors. Elizabeth is working on her first book, entitled Explaining Ethnic Voting in Africa.


Institution / Affiliation : Penn State University

Geographical Region: Africa
Methodology: Experimental Design, Field Experiments
Policy: Elections, Ethnic Politics, Governance