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Leonardo R. Arriola is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on democratization, political violence, and ethnic politics in developing countries. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, and Zambia. His work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and World Politics. He is author of Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns (Cambridge University Press), which received a best book award from the African Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2013 and an honorable mention for the Gregory Luebbert Prize for best book from APSA’s Comparative Politics section in 2014. Arriola has previously been a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame University, and Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University. He currently serves on the editorial boards of African Affairs, Comparative Politics, and Comparative Political Studies. He received his PhD from Stanford University, his MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and his BA from Claremont McKenna College.


Institution / Affiliation : UC Berkeley

Geographical Region: Africa

Policy: Conflict and Violence, Development, Ethnic Politics