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.
Democracy and citizenship; education and social service provision
Education and citizenship in Mali; parties and political issues in Africa; Islamic politics in the Sahel; information brokerage and political mobilization in rural Africa
- Kellogg Institute's Undergraduate Mentoring Award 2021-22
- 2014-2015 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
- 2014 USAID DRG Innovation Grant
- Lynne Rienner Award for Best Dissertation in African Politics from the American Political Science Association’s Africa Politics Conference Group (APCG) - 2011
- 2012 National Science Foundation Seed Grant
- Spencer Foundation Research Grant
Pamoja Summit designed to accompany African partners
Jun 22, 2023
Rooted in the recognition that Africa has become a key player in social science research, Notre Dame’s Pamoja initiative invited academics from across the continent to gather at Strathmore University Business School in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Pamoja Nairobi Partnership Summit earlier this summer.
Forging Partnerships in Côte d’Ivoire to Expand Student Experiences
Jun 21, 2023
The Kellogg Institute explores ways to connect Notre Dame undergrads with university students in Côte d’Ivoire.
Former International Scholars Bring Development Skills to a World in Need
Sep 29, 2022
To think of the Kellogg Institute as its own kind of village, as Gill-Wiehl does, is to understand that its 40-year history isn’t defined entirely by place or limited by campus boundaries. Rather, it’s built on the relationships and shared values of committed colleagues.