Katharine Baldwin


Kate Baldwin will be an assistant professor of political science at the University of Florida beginning in August 2011. She completed her Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University this spring, and was a fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at New York University during the 2009-10 academic year. Her dissertation examines the effects of non-elected traditional leaders on democratic politics in Africa, drawing on original surveys, experiments and interviews she conducted in rural Zambia. Her broader research program examines political accountability in new democracies, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. During her year at CSDP, Kate will be conducting research on the extent of democratic accountability and the basis on which voters evaluate politicians in contexts where the state has a limited role in the provision of public goods and services.

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