Governance / Democracy

Research Interest

Shelley Liu

Assistant Professor
Goldman School of Public Policy

Shelley Liu is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on conflict and development in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on how governments develop the state after conflict, how citizens respond to development policies, and how access to education and information mediates the relationship between citizens and their government.

Susan Hyde

Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Susan D. Hyde is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Avice M. Saint Chair in Public Policy. She studies international influences on domestic politics, teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, and is active in promoting policy-relevant research.  She is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion.

Aila Matanock

Associate Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Aila Matanock is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of California Berkeley. She was also previously a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and has received research support from the National Science Foundation, the Minerva Research Initiative, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Center for Global Development. Prof. Matanock studies statebuilding and civil conflict, with a particular focus on the influence of international actors and civilian participation.

Leonardo Arriola

Associate Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Leonardo Arriola is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Director of Berkeley's Center for African Studies and co-editor of Africa Spectrum, a peer-reviewed journal published by the GIGA Institute of African Affairs. Prof. Arriola studies democratization, coalition politics, ethnic politics and political violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thad Dunning

Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Thad Dunning is the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding faculty director of the Center on Politics of Development and authored several award-winning books, including Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes and Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences: A Design-Based Approach, both of which received Best Book Awards from the American Political Science Association. Prof.

Ernesto Dal Bó

Professor
Haas School of Business

Ernesto Dal Bó is the Phillips Girgich Professor of Business and the Chair of the Business and Public Policy Academic Group at the Haas School of Business. His reserach focuses on a range of topics: political influence, social conflict, corruption, morality and social norms, state formation, the development of state capabilities, and the qualities and behavior of politicians and public servants.

Jason Wittenberg

Professor
Political Science

ason Wittenberg is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies religion and politics, ethnic conflict, historical legacies and elections, with recent work on antisemitism and democracy, in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet region.

Martha Wilfahrt

Assistant Professor
Political Science

Martha Wilfahrt is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies African politics with a focus on redistributive politics, state-society relation and historical legacies. On-going projects include research on the long-run impact of precolonial statehood on contemporary governance in West Africa and work examining how colonialism impacted community development strategies.

Rachel Stern

Professor
Law

Rachel Stern is a Professor of Law and Political Science and currently holds the Pamela P. Fong and Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies law in mainland China and Hong Kong, especially the relationship between legal institution building, political space, and professionalization.

Andrew Little

Assistant Professor
Political Science

Andrew Little is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies authoritarian politics, communication and information manipulation, and conflict, exploring the causes and political consequences of "nonstandard" belief formation with the use of formal models.