Steering Committee


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.

Mine Eder

Mine  Eder  is  a  Professor  of  Political  Science  at  the  Department  of  Political Science and International Relations of Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She received a Fulbright to pursue graduate degree at the University of Virginia where she  received  her  MA  and  PhD  in  Politics.  She  also  taught  at  Lewis  and  Clark College  and  was  a  visiting  professor  at  Yale  and  George  Washington  University. She  specialized  on  comparative  political  economy  of development  and  published widely  on  various  aspects of  Turkey’s political  economy  ranging  from  regional cooperation,  welfare provision,  poverty  and  informality,  problems  of  developmentalism,  populism  as  well  as  Turkey-EU relations.  Since  2006,  her  research  interests  shifted  to  include  an  exploration  of  interstices  of  migration and urban transformation in Istanbul; domestic female migrant workers, shuttle traders, displacement and gentrification in Istanbul's neighborhoods as well as local governance.

Karen Ferree

Karen studies democratization in Africa.  Her work sits at the intersection of institutional and behavioral approaches to politics, with a particular focus on how ethnic and racial divisions and formal and informal institutions shape voting behavior and election outcomes in emerging democracies.  She has written about South African politics in her book, Framing the Race in South Africa: the Political Origins of Racial Census Elections (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She has also written about electoral institutions, electoral integrity, and issues related to survey design in Africa.

Adam Harris

Adam Harris received his Ph.D. from New York University in August 2015. He specializes in ethnic and African politics. In his dissertation, he seeks to understand why some voters (up to 52% of African voters) do not support their ethnic group’s party. To answer this question, he develops and measures the concept of ethnic proximity that moves beyond the academic convention of co-ethnicity to more fully consider the complex role ethnicity plays in political preference formation. The dissertation argues that the degree to which ethnic group membership influences political preferences is determined by one’s position in her ethnic group, which is in turn determined by her ethnic attributes (her ethnic proximity). The dissertation uses original panel survey and experimental data to test the effect of ethnic proximity on voter preferences in South Africa. The results are also replicated in the US and Ugandan contexts. In short, his dissertation concludes that those who are less proximate to their own group and more proximate to an out-group are more likely to be swing voters and will have weaker preferences for their ethnic group’s party. Adam has also conducted research on ethnic identifiability (recently published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution), ethnic and immigrant prejudice, the determinants of political protests, ideological ideal point estimation among African legislators, and the effects of foreign aid in recipient countries. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, New York University, and Columbia University.

Kristen Kao

Kristen Kao received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg, where she contributes her expertise in survey methodology, experimental design, and quantitative analysis to a team of researchers in conducting large-N, locally representative surveys (5,000+) in the developing world. Since 2006 she has been studying Arabic and conducting fieldwork in the Middle East in places as diverse as Syria, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Tunisia, and Egypt. More recent fieldwork in Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya yielded three surveys of 25,000+ respondents examining the interaction of social institutions and local governance across urban and rural settings. Her recently funded projects include a multi-method, comparative study of the integration of Syrian migrants into Jordan, Turkey, and Sweden as well as a study on the drivers of forgiveness versus revenge among diverse groups in Iraq employing surveys and experiments. Kristen’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Swedish Research Council, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Political Science Association, among others. She has published in Comparative Politics, Survey Practice, The Washington Post, and Carnegie’s Middle East blog Sada, among others. Her recent work on transitional justice has recently been invited for a revise and resubmit at the American Political Science Review.

Website: http://www.kristenkao.com