About

opaloI am an Assistant Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where I am a faculty member of the African Studies Program and an affiliate of the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (Gui2de).

You can find my CV here.

My research interests include institutions and the politics of development, natural resource management, and elections and democratic consolidation. Most of my research focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa.

My first book titled, Legislative Development in Africa, answers two simple questions: (i) what explains variation in legislative strength under autocracy? and (ii) under what conditions does the transition to democracy result in the strengthening of legislatures?LegislativeDevelopment

The book speaks to the wider comparative political economy literature on autocratic institutions and the origins of limited democratic government. The main goal of the book is to trace, through quantitative and qualitative means, the autocratic origins of democratic institutions.

In addition to a survey of legislative development in Africa from their founding under colonialism to the present, the book also provides detailed case studies of the Kenyan and Zambian legislatures.

My second book project is on subnational administration and governance in Kenya from 1903 to the present.

My other works ask questions related to electoral accountability and the politics of public goods provision — including education, electricity, and healthcare.

I received my PhD in Political Science from Stanford University (2015) and a BA from Yale University (2009). I am a proud alum of Mang’u High School. Go Wazimba!!!