Pia Raffler

Pia Raffler

Assistant Professor of Government
Pia Raffler

I work at the intersection of political economy of development and comparative politics. I am interested in political accountability, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently in Germany. My research focuses on political oversight of bureaucrats and implications for public service provision on the one hand, and electoral behaviour on the other. I use a combination of experiments and behavioral and qualitative methods, often in collaboration with government agencies, political parties, or civil society organizations. This means a lot of fieldwork. I teach a Gov 94 seminar on the Politics of Development in Africa and enjoy working with a team of undergraduates on a research project on presidential debates in the Global South.

Office hours: On Leave Academic Year 2020

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1737 Cambridge Street, Knafel 209, Cambridge, MA 02138
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