My research focuses on electoral politics, political economy, and urban politics in Africa. My first book, Electoral Politics and Africa’s Urban Transition: Class and Ethnicity in Ghana(Cambridge University Press, 2019), examines urbanization's impacts on ethnic politics, clientelism, and the emergence of programmatic electoral competition. My second book, (Cambridge University Press, 2023), explores long-term effects of state-building in the rural periphery on economic inequality, elite capture, clientelism, and violence.
My research has been published in the and received my PhD in Government at Harvard in 2016 and previously taught at the University of Michigan. For more information, see my CV or Papers and Manuscripts. I'm tweeting at @noahlnathan.