I’m currently completing a three-paper dissertation with a thematic focus on rethinking what we can learn from cross-regional comparisons. Paper #1 looks at the role of elite coalitions in substituting for weak institutions in postcolonial states, with case studies of Indonesia, Myanmar, Rwanda and the DRC. Paper #2 looks at the frequency of such cross-regional comparisons within political science, and critically assesses the idea that there is some type of unspecified but strong “regional effect” which make it difficult to compare and learn from countries in different regions. Paper #3 looks more broadly at the idea of generalizing across studies located in different regions within the social sciences.
Drafts will be posted as they’re available.
- “Elite Cohesion and Institutional Development in Weak States”
- “What Do We Learn from Cross-Regional Comparisons?”
- “Generalizability in the Social Sciences”
- “How American Scholars can Support Their African Colleagues” (with Virginia Kamonji, Rose Mutiso, Beverlyne Nyamemba, Alesha Porisky, and Tom Wein)
- “The DRC: An Unexpected Transfer of Power, but Was It the Right One?” Democracy in Africa. 11 January 2019.
- “30% of Trips in Nairobi Are Made by Minibus. Why Were They Banned?” African Arguments. 6 December 2018.
- “Ways to Improve Your Academic Writing and Editing” Part 1 and Part 2. AuthorAID. 18 and 25 July 2017.