Department of Political Science


Dr Adam Harris

Associate Professor in Development Politics
 1.04, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Tel: 020 7612 6927 (x06927)
Email: adam.s.harris@ucl.ac.uk

I am an Associate Professor (starting October 2020) in Development Politics. Prior to joining UCL, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Governance and Local Development (GLD) program at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015-2017); 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 (NYU; 2015).  I study ethnic, race, development, and African politics with a focus on political participation using experimental and survey methods.


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


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.