Jaimie Bleck is an associate professor of political science and the senior research advisor for the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She also is a concurrent faculty member in the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Bleck’s research interests include electoral politics, citizenship, governance, and political behavior in Africa with a focus on Mali. Her book, Education and Empowered Citizenship, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015. Her articles have been published or are forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, African Affairs, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and Stability. Her research has been funded by the US Agency for International Development, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Bleck has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, CARE, Freedom House, and Winrock International. She holds a PhD in government from Cornell University.

Thematic Interests

Democracy and citizenship; education and social service provision

Current Research

Education and citizenship in Mali; parties and political issues in Africa; Islamic politics in the Sahel; information brokerage and political mobilization in rural Africa

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