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Leonardo R. Arriola is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on democratization, coalition politics, ethnic politics, and political violence in developing countries. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, and Zambia.
His work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and World Politics. He is author of Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns (Cambridge University Press), which received a best book award from the African Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2013 and an honorable mention for the Gregory Luebbert Prize for best book from APSA’s Comparative Politics section in 2014.
Arriola has previously been a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame University, a Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University, and a visiting researcher at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal. He currently serves on the editorial boards of African Affairs, Comparative Politics, and Comparative Political Studies.
His current projects include the following:
Party organization—survey of MP candidates in Zambia on party organization and campaign finance.
Civic education—field experiment in Côte d'Ivoire on the impact of civic education on voter perceptions of electoral integrity.
Ethnic voting—field experiment in Kenya on the role of political endorsements in mobilizing multiethnic support for candidates.
Government trust—survey experiment in Guinea on the role of authorities in encouraging compliance with public health advisories.
Multiethnic Coalitions in Africa: Business Financing of Opposition Election Campaigns. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. Cambridge University Press (2012).
Best book award (2013) from the African Politics Conference Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the African Studies Association (ASA).
Honorable mention (2014) for the Gregory Luebbert Prize for best book from the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
"Ethnic Politics and Women’s Empowerment in Africa: Ministerial Appointments to Executive Cabinets." American Journal of Political Science vol. 58, no. 2 (2014): 495-510. (co-authored with Martha C. Johnson)
"Capital and Opposition in Africa: Coalition Building in Multiethnic Societies." World Politics vol. 65, no. 2 (2013): 233-272.
"Protesting and Policing in a Multiethnic Authoritarian State: Evidence from Ethiopia." Comparative Politics vol. 45, no. 2 (2013): 147-168.
"Ethnicity, Economic Conditions, and Opposition Support: Evidence from Ethiopia’s 2005 Elections." Northeast African Studies vol. 10, no. 1 (2008): 115-144.
"The Ethiopian Voter: An Assessment of Economic and Ethnic Influences with Survey Data." International Journal of Ethiopian Studies vol. 3, no. 1 (2007): 73-90.
PS 146A: African Politics (undergraduate)
PS 210: Political Violence (graduate)
PS 249A: Ethnic Politics (graduate)