Democratization and elections
Ethnic and identity politics
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
Rachel Gisselquist is a political scientist, with specialization in the comparative politics of the developing world. Her research focuses on governance, democratization and elections, state fragility and post-conflict reconstruction, and ethnic and identity politics, with particular attention to sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. She has conducted fieldwork in a number of countries, including Benin, Bolivia, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Somaliland, and South Africa. She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Research Director of the Index of African Governance project at Harvard University. She holds a PhD in political science from MIT.