Non-Resident Democracy Fellow, AY2019-2020
Evan Lieberman is the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa at MIT. Previously, Lieberman was a member of the faculty at Princeton University for 12 years, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Yale University, and was an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Princeton.
Lieberman’s research is concerned with understanding the determinants of democratic accountability, effective states and governance arrangements, and the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict. He also writes and teaches on research methods for comparative analysis. Lieberman is the author of two scholarly books, Race and Regionalism in the Politics of Taxation (Cambridge 2003) and Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics Have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS (Princeton 2009) and numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in World Politics, the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Social Science and Medicine, and other journals. He received the David Collier mid-career achievement award. Lieberman serves on the board of directors of the Friends of the Legal Resources Centre Foundation, the international advisory board of the African School of Economics, co-coordinates the Boston-Area Working Group on African Political-Economy (BWGAPE), and is a member of the E-GAP network. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review and World Politics.
During his year at the Ash Center, Lieberman will be working on a book about the politics of democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa