Rachel Gisselquist

Research Fellow

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    Research Interests

    • Democratization and elections
    • Ethnic and identity politics
    • Governance
    • Politics of the developing world
    • State fragility and post-conflict reconstruction


    PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    MPP, Political and Economic Development, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
    BSFS, International Economics, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

    Biographical Statement

    Rachel Gisselquist is a Research Fellow with UNU-WIDER. She works on the politics of the developing world, with particular attention to ethnic politics and inequality, state fragility, governance, democratization, and sub-Saharan African politics. She was previously Research Director, Index of African Governance, at Harvard University, and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics. She has also worked as a consultant, most recently with the World Bank. Her research is published or forthcoming in Democratization, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Public Administration and Development, PS: Political Science & Politics, and multiple edited volumes. Among other policy publications, she is co-author of the first two editions of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a well-cited reference for governments and NGOs that has been analyzed in multiple journal articles and other outlets. She holds a PhD in Political Science (2007) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (1999) from Harvard University.