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
- 2014-2015 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
- 2014 USAID DRG Innovation Grant ($90,000)
- 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 ($24,999)
- Spencer Foundation Research Grant ($39,999)
New Research by Women Studying Violence
Interdisciplinary Project on Migration Now Underway
Nov 10, 2018
In our new project “Remitting Belief to the Global South,” Faculty Fellow Jaimie Bleck(political science) and I are bringing together fieldwork and “big data” methodologies to explore how international migration influences norms and values among migrants and their communities of origin. Our focus is migration from Mali (where Jaimie has previously worked) and Sri Lanka (where I have) to Europe and the Gulf States.
A Natural Fit: Social Ethicist to Lead Ford Program In Spring
Oct 30, 2018
Social ethicist Clemens Sedmak will serve as acting director of the Ford Program in the spring of 2019. He said migration is one of the most divisive problems facing Europe and the United States.
Making Research Plans a Reality in East Africa
Sep 8, 2018
In recent years, the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity has made major strides towards its goal of high-quality, community-based research in the developing world. In that endeavor, Regional Research Programs Manager for East Africa Jackline Oluoch-Aridi, who opened the program’s first field office in Nairobi five years ago, plays a key role.