Evan Lieberman

Evan Lieberman

Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa

Director, MISTI

CV

Political economy of development; ethnicity/identity; public policy; research methods; accountability; governance; democracy; state-building; Africa.

Biography

Evan Lieberman is the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa. He conducts research in the field of comparative politics, with a focus on development and ethnic conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. He directs the Global Diversity Lab (GDL) and MIT’s global experiential learning program, MISTI. Lieberman co-coordinates the Boston-Area Working Group on African Political-Economy (BWGAPE), and is a member of the E-GAP network. Lieberman received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the author of "Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS" (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Race and Regionalism in the Politics of Taxation in Brazil and South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Until We Have Won Our Liberty: South Africa after Apartheid (Princeton University Press, May 2022) and has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and World Development. Professor Lieberman is recipient of the 2014 David Collier Mid-Career Award, the 2010 Giovanni Sartori Book prize, the 2004 Mattei Dogan book prize, the 2002 Gabriel A. Almond dissertation award; and the 2002 Mary Parker Follett article award. He was a Fulbright fellow in South Africa in 1997-98, and a Robert Wood Johnson health policy scholar at Yale University in 2000-02. Previously, he was Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Politics at Princeton University (2002-14).

 

Research

Evan Lieberman employs a range of empirical research methods to better understand the causes and consequences of policy-making, conflict, and human development especially in sub-Saharan Africa. His current projects include a study of the drivers of local and polycentric service delivery in Southern Africa; field experiments investigating the relationship between information provision and citizenship in East Africa; conceptual, case study, and statistical analyses of the institutionalization of ethnic categories around the world; and survey experiments on social identity and perceptions of health-related risks. He is also working on problems of research design and multi-method causal inference in comparative research.

Select Recent Publications

Nuanced Accountability: Voter Responses to Service Delivery in Southern Africa,” (with Daniel de Kadt). British Journal of Political Science, December 2017, 1-31.

Census Enumeration and Group Conflict: A Global Analysis of the Consequences of Counting” (with Prerna Singh). World Politics January 2017, 1-53. Data and code are available at Harvard Dataverse (DOI: doi:10.7910/DVN/KJV6OJ).

Can the Biomedical Research Cycle Be a Model for Political Science?” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 14, no. 4, 2016, pp. 1054–1066.

“Response to Symposium Reviewers.” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 14, no. 4, 2016, pp. 1080–1082.

For a complete list, please visit https://evanlieberman.org/publications/

 

News

From South Africa, a success story for democracy

Peter Dizikes MIT News

MIT political scientist Evan Lieberman’s new book, “Until We Have Won Our Liberty,” examines the condition of South Africa, a quarter-century after it became a multiracial democracy.

The Promise of South African Democracy

Evan Lieberman, Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa Project Syndicate

Although South Africans' increasing frustration with their government is borne out in public polling, critics who describe the country as a failed state completely miss the mark. Considering where South Africa started in 1994, its progress has been nothing short of remarkable.

First-ever Climate Grand Challenges recognizes 27 finalists

MIT News Office

The Climate Grand Challenges competition launched in July 2020 with the goal of mobilizing the entire MIT research community around transformative projects that have the potential to make major advances in solving the big problems that stand in the way of effective global climate response.

Biography

Evan Lieberman is the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa. He conducts research in the field of comparative politics, with a focus on development and ethnic conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. He directs the Global Diversity Lab (GDL) and MIT’s global experiential learning program, MISTI. Lieberman co-coordinates the Boston-Area Working Group on African Political-Economy (BWGAPE), and is a member of the E-GAP network. Lieberman received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the author of "Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS" (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Race and Regionalism in the Politics of Taxation in Brazil and South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Until We Have Won Our Liberty: South Africa after Apartheid (Princeton University Press, May 2022) and has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and World Development. Professor Lieberman is recipient of the 2014 David Collier Mid-Career Award, the 2010 Giovanni Sartori Book prize, the 2004 Mattei Dogan book prize, the 2002 Gabriel A. Almond dissertation award; and the 2002 Mary Parker Follett article award. He was a Fulbright fellow in South Africa in 1997-98, and a Robert Wood Johnson health policy scholar at Yale University in 2000-02. Previously, he was Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Politics at Princeton University (2002-14).

 

Research

Evan Lieberman employs a range of empirical research methods to better understand the causes and consequences of policy-making, conflict, and human development especially in sub-Saharan Africa. His current projects include a study of the drivers of local and polycentric service delivery in Southern Africa; field experiments investigating the relationship between information provision and citizenship in East Africa; conceptual, case study, and statistical analyses of the institutionalization of ethnic categories around the world; and survey experiments on social identity and perceptions of health-related risks. He is also working on problems of research design and multi-method causal inference in comparative research.

Select Recent Publications

Nuanced Accountability: Voter Responses to Service Delivery in Southern Africa,” (with Daniel de Kadt). British Journal of Political Science, December 2017, 1-31.

Census Enumeration and Group Conflict: A Global Analysis of the Consequences of Counting” (with Prerna Singh). World Politics January 2017, 1-53. Data and code are available at Harvard Dataverse (DOI: doi:10.7910/DVN/KJV6OJ).

Can the Biomedical Research Cycle Be a Model for Political Science?” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 14, no. 4, 2016, pp. 1054–1066.

“Response to Symposium Reviewers.” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 14, no. 4, 2016, pp. 1080–1082.

For a complete list, please visit https://evanlieberman.org/publications/

 

News

From South Africa, a success story for democracy

Peter Dizikes MIT News

MIT political scientist Evan Lieberman’s new book, “Until We Have Won Our Liberty,” examines the condition of South Africa, a quarter-century after it became a multiracial democracy.

The Promise of South African Democracy

Evan Lieberman, Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa Project Syndicate

Although South Africans' increasing frustration with their government is borne out in public polling, critics who describe the country as a failed state completely miss the mark. Considering where South Africa started in 1994, its progress has been nothing short of remarkable.

First-ever Climate Grand Challenges recognizes 27 finalists

MIT News Office

The Climate Grand Challenges competition launched in July 2020 with the goal of mobilizing the entire MIT research community around transformative projects that have the potential to make major advances in solving the big problems that stand in the way of effective global climate response.