Department of Political Science


Dr Alexandra Hartman

Alexandra Hartman
Associate Professor in Political Science
2.05, 36-38 Gordon Square
Email: alexandra.hartman@ucl.ac.uk



I am an Associate Professor in Political Science. I joined the Department in 2016. I studied Political Science (MA, PhD) at Yale University, and International Relations (BA) at Brown University. I am a member of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Land Politics Working Group (joint with LSE).


My research focuses on the political economy of institutions in fragile states. My work uses a range of research designs and data collection strategies, including large-scale randomised control trials, surveys, and in-depth interviews and observation. My current projects encompass three main themes:

First, I study how changing property rights institutions shape politics, including dispute resolution, and economic outcomes, such as the exploitation of natural resources, in Liberia.

Second, I explore how economic policies shape intrahousehold politics. I have two ongoing projects in Myanmar and Côte d’Ivoire that examine changing access to women’s property rights and changes in political, social and economic dynamics within households.

Finally, I also study the politics of forced displacement, including the institutional and individual factors that shape decision-making during humanitarian crises using microlevel data from West Africa and the Middle East.


Journal articles


I teach modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate level on research methods, fieldwork and the political economy of migration. I supervise PhD students studying forced displacement, property rights, experiments, and intra-household bargaining.