Sebastian Elischer is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Florida whose work analyzes the interplay between identities and institutions. He is particularly interested in how identities shape and affect procedural democratization in sub-Saharan Africa.

Elischer is the author of Political Parties in Africa: Ethnicity and Party Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which argues that the conventional conception of African parties as ethnic parties is wrong and that the African political landscape is considerably more diverse. His current work examines the nature and effect of religious regulation in areas of weak statehood.

Elischer earned an MA from Free University Berlin, an MIS from George Washington University, and a PhD in political science from Jacobs University Bremen


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