Matthew Gichohi

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Personal Statement: 

My research interests lie in democratization, political behaviour and development, campaigns and elections, and ethnic politics with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. My dissertation investigates the variation in intra-group political competition in areas where conventional wisdom often assumes unity. In it, I argue that current ethnic political configurations can be traced back to the work of early ethnic organizations in crafting the social and political identities of their co-ethnics. I rely on original survey data, interviews with ethnic and political elites, and archival research to make the argument. I’m also interested in survey and experimental methodology in the social sciences. 

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Leonardo R. Arriola
Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
American Politics
Secondary Subfield: 
Political Behavior
Africa