Clark Gibson is professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program at University of California San Diego (UCSD). He studies the politics of development, democracy, and the environment in relation to Africa, Central and South America, and the United States. His current research focuses on the accountability between governments and citizens in Africa, especially during the electoral process and in the provision of public services.

Gibson is also a founder of the Center for the Study of African Political Economy (CSAPE), where UCSD faculty and graduate and undergraduate students explore the politics of Africa, including issues such as political accountability, the determinants of voting, and the provision of public services in Africa’s emerging democracies.

A 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Gibson holds a PhD from Duke University.

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Upcoming Events


February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet