Lindsay J. Benstead

Lindsay J. Benstead is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, where she teaches courses on Middle East and North African politics and research methods. Her research focuses on identity politics (gender, religion, tribe), clientelism, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Benstead has conducted nationally-representative surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia (with Ellen Lust), Libya (with Ellen Lust and Jakob Wichmann), and Jordan (with Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust, and Jakob Wichmann) and contributes to the Transitional Governance Project and the Program on Governance and Local Development, Yale University. She is a Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. Dr. Benstead’s research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Governance, Politics & Religion, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Democratization, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science and a M.A.E. in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and previously served as a doctoral fellow in the Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University, and a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University. Websites: and

Boniface Dulani

Boniface Dulani lectures in Political Science at the University of Malawi. He also doubles as the Fieldwork Operations Manager for the Afrobarometer- a comparative series of national public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy and market reform, leadership and other issues in more than 30 African countries. Boniface holds a PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University, where he graduated in 2011. His PhD research was on “Personal Rule and Presidential Term Limits in Africa.” Boniface has also studied at the Universities of York and Sussex in the United Kingdom, from where he respectively graduated with a BA (Political Science, 1999) and Master of Philosophy (Development Studies, 2002). He is a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for his doctoral studies at Michigan State. Boniface continues to research and write on the topic of term limits and the broader areas of Democracy and Governance. In his free time, Boniface enjoys watching sports, with a passion for Soccer, Basketball and America Football! He lives in Zomba, Malawi.

Pierre F. Landry

Pierre F. Landry is a Professor of Government and Public Administration, Co-Director of the Universities Service Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong,  a  Fellow at the Research Center for the Study of Contemporary China at Peking University and as well as a GLD Scholar. He was trained in economics and law at Sciences-Po (Paris) and received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is also an alumnus of the Hopkins-Nanjing program. His research interests focus on comparative local governance, Asian and Chinese politics, quantitative comparative analysis and survey research. His work has focused on governance and the political management of officials in China and public opinion research, and the development of spatial sampling technique for survey research.  Besides articles and book chapters in comparative politics and political methodology, he is the author of “Decentralized Authoritarianism in China” with Cambridge University Press (2008). He collaborates with the Governance and Local Development project as well as the UNDP and the World Bank on developing indicators of the variability of local governance in a variety of countries, including Vietnam, Tunisia, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya.  Website: and

Dhafer Malouche

Dhafer Malouche has obtained a PhD in Statistics and Applied Mathematics from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, in October 1997. After that, he obtained post-doctorate fellow at the same university for a year. In September 1998, he obtained an Assistant professor position at the University of Sousse in Tunisia. During the 2001-2002 academic year, he was a visiting professor at York University in Toronto where he starting working on several subjects related to statistical modeling. In 2002, he returned to Tunisia and served as Assistant Professor at the new Engineering School of Statistics in Tunisia until he became an Associate Professor in 2009. He teaches courses on Data Analysis, such as Bayesian Statistics and Data Mining. At the Engineering School of Statistics he is also supervising numerous projects and doctorates about real cases across various topics and developed many collaborative, multidisciplinary research programs. He has then published several papers in biology (studying the association between the angiotensin-converting in diabetics patients, studying the distribution of resting cysts in Bizerte Lagoon), genetics (Statistical Analysis of IMGT/HighV-QUEST Next Generation Sequencing results), sensory analysis on olive oil (Characterization and preference mapping of olive oil cultivars in Tunisia), epidemiology (Forecasting Tunisian Type 2 Diabetes Prevalence, Estimation the effect of ambient temperature on the mortality in Tunisia), Renewal Energies (prediction of domestic appliances power consumptions for a better use of renewal energies). In May 2011, he was a former Fulbright Scholar for three months at the Department of Statistics at Stanford University where he worked there on graphical model and Bayesian Networks. Since 2011, He worked with political science colleagues, Professor Ellen Lust from Yale University and Professor Lindsay Benstead from Portland University. He has three national surveys in Tunisia about the political transition and local governance (November 2012, June 2014 and March 2015). In January 2014, he began working in the Governance Local Development Program founded by Professor Ellen Lust from Gothenburg University. He was invited to join the MacMillan Center at Yale as a visiting professor. During that period, he worked on the preparation of the survey for February-March 2015 in Tunisia, which also served as a pilot survey on local governance. Website:

Ragnhild L. Muriaas

Ragnhild L. Muriaas (Ph.D) is an associate professor at the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway. She has published extensively on questions related to democratic decentralization, traditional authorities, parties and women’s representation in Southern and Eastern Africa. She has experience from conducting field studies at the national and local level in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Previously she has been a member of research projects that studies different aspects of consolidating democracy in Malawi and she is a team member of the project 'Engineering gender equality: The effects of aid to Women's political representation in Malawi, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia' (funded by NORDGLOBAL, The Research Council of Norway). Her work on different aspects of democratization in Africa appears amongst other in Democratization, Government and Opposition, International Political Science Review, The Journal of Modern African Studies, Women’s Studies International Forum and Representation. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Gendered Citizenship: The Politics of Representation (Palgrave) and she has also written a chapter called ‘The Quality and Stability of Subnational Elections in Africa: A Methodological and Conceptual Tool' in Anthony Spanakos and Francisco Panizza’s Conceptualizing Comparative Politics (Routledge). In this chapter, Malawi is presented as one of the key cases, along with Lesotho, South Africa and Uganda. Muriaas is currently (2014-2016) the editor of The Norwegian Journal of Political Science (Norsk statsvitenskapelig tidsskrift).