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Leonard Wantchekon is Professor in the Politics department at Princeton University and associated faculty in the Economics department.  His research is broadly focused on Political and Economic development, particularly in Africa and his interests include democratization, clientelism and redistributive politics, resource curse, and long-term social impact of historical events.  He has authored numerous publications in leading academic journals, including “The Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa” (with Nathan Nunn), in the American Economic Review; “The Paradox of “Warlord” Democracy: A Theoretical Investigation,” in the American Political Science Review (2004); Clientelism and Voting Behavior: A Field Experiment in Benin, World Politics”, among others. Professor Wantchekon is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Executive Committee of the Council for International Teaching and Research at Princeton. He served as the Secretary of the American Political Science Association (2008-2009) and on the Ibrahim Index Technical Committee (2009-2013).


Institution / Affiliation : Princeton University

Geographical Region: Africa
Methodology: Experimental Design, Field Experiments, Survey Methodology
Policy: Conflict and Violence, Corruption, Development, Elections