Rachel Beatty Riedl is the Director of the Einaudi Center for International Studies and the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies in the Government department at Cornell University.  Previously she was an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University, where she was a faculty associate at the Institute for Policy Research and the Program on Equality, Development and Globalization Studies and served on the Executive Committee of the Program of African Studies. The author of award-winning Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2014), she studies institutional development in new democracies, local governance and decentralization policy, and authoritarian regime legacies, with a regional focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. A former Kellogg Institute visiting fellow, she holds a PhD from Princeton University.


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