Leonardo Arriola

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Research Interests: 
Political Violence
Ethnic Politics
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University
M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
B.A., Claremont McKenna College
Personal Statement: 

Leonardo Arriola studies democratization, ethnic politics, and political violence with a focus on African countries. His current research examines how electoral violence affects multiparty competition, power sharing, and state repression. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, and Zambia. He has previously been a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame, 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.

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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.

"Patronage and Political Stability in Africa." Comparative Political Studies vol. 42, no. 10 (2009): 1339-1362. [Best Article Award from the African Politics Conference Group]

"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)


Editorial Board, African Affairs

Editorial Board, Comparative Politics

Editorial Board, Comparative Political Studies

Faculty Affiliate, Center for African Studies

Faculty Affiliate, Center on the Politics of Development