Department of Political Science


Dr Adam Harris

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Associate Professor in Development Politics
 1.04, 36-38 Gordon Square
Tel: 020 7612 6927 (ext. 06927)
Email: adam.s.harris@ucl.ac.uk


I am an Associate Professor in Development Politics. Prior to joining UCL, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Governance and Local Development (GLD) programme at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015-2017), and I am currently a member of the GLD Steering Committee. I received my PhD in Political Science from the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University (2015). I study ethnic, race, development, and African politics, with a focus on political participation using experimental and survey methods.


My research seeks to challenge the dominant narratives around ethnic voting by investigating how those of mixed ethnic heritage vote, and why some members of a group do not toe the group line, and challenge the assumptions that underline our theories of ethnic voting. I also investigate aid effectiveness and the resource curse. I have conducted research on South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, and Kenya, as well as cross-national analysis. My work has been published in The Journal of PoliticsComparative Political Studies, World Development, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Development Policy Review, and Politikon.

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Podcast: UCL Uncovering Politics

Hear Dr Harris speak about his research on the following podcast episodes:
S1 Ep6 | Voter Information
S5 Ep2 | Intermarriage and Voting in Africa


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I teach International Development and Public Policy, Political Economy of Development, and Identity Politics. I have supervised students on projects focused on political behaviour, African politics, ethnic and racial politics, aid effectiveness, Chinese aid and involvement in Africa, and local governance and development.