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James D. Long is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. He is a faculty affiliate at UW's Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA), and UC-Berkeley's Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). His research in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan examines ways that ICT and digital media can address problems of information and human welfare in developing countries, building multi-channel platforms that drive citizen engagement, reporting, and monitoring on matters related to peace-building, elections, government performance, public health, corruption, and service provision. James mixes quantitative, experimental, and qualitative field research methods, including randomized control trials, household surveys, exit polls, development engineering, election forensics, and ethnography. Previously, James was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, a dissertation fellow at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace, and a Fulbright Scholar. In 2010, he served as Democracy Internationalʼs Research Director for their Election Observation mission in Afghanistan, and has observed elections in South Africa (2014), Kenya (2013, 2007), Egypt (2011), Uganda (2011), Afghanistan (2014, 2010, 2009), and Ghana (2008). James received a PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego, an MSc (with Merit) in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and BA (High Honors) in International Relations and History from the College of William & Mary.


Institution / Affiliation : University of Washington

Geographical Region: Africa, Asia

Policy: Development, Elections