Schedule autumn 2018
Mai Hassan (University of Michigan)
Govinda Clayton (ETH Zurich)
For the 2011-2018 lectures, see Previous Speaker Series.
‘The Political Geography of the Local Security Apparatus’
Mai Hassan, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan
Mai Hassan (PhD, Harvard 2014) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on authoritarian and hybrid regimes, the state, land and violence, and ethnic politics with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, and Comparative Political Studies. Her dissertation won the APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation in African Politics in 2014.
Her current book project explores how authoritarian leaders vary management of the state sub-nationally to best meet electoral challenges to their rule after the introduction of multi-party elections. It does this through an in-depth look at Kenya's democratization process since the beginning of multi-party elections in 1992. The manuscript shows how international pressure to reform state institutions (often times through calls to decentralize power and engage in public sector reform) can actually hamper democratization.
The talk will be held at 12.00-13.30 in Hall 3576, Gamla Torget 6 and is open to the public. Welcome!