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Daniel N. Posner

Daniel N. Posner is the James S. Coleman Professor of International Development in the Department of Political Science at UCLA, where he is also the vice chair for graduate studies. His research focuses on ethnic politics, research design, distributive politics and the political economy of development in Africa.

Posner has received several awards for his work, including the Luebbert Award for best book in Comparative Politics (2006 and 2010), the Heinz Eulau Award for the best article in the American Political Science Review (2008), the Michael Wallerstein Award for the best article in Political Economy (2008), the best book award from the African Politics Conference Group (2006), and the Sage Award for the best paper in Comparative Politics presented at the APSA annual meeting (2004). Posner has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2010–11), a Carnegie scholar (2003–2005), a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution (2001–2002), and a Harvard Academy Scholar (1995–98). During 2011–13, he was professor of political science and the holder of the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa at MIT.

Posner currently serves on the editorial boards of World Development and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. He is the co-founder of the Working Group in African Political Economy, a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network, a faculty associate of the Center for Effective Global Action, a research affiliate of the International Growth Center, and a USAID Democracy Fellow for Research and Policy. He received his PhD in government from Harvard University.

  • international development
  • Africa
  • comparative politics
  • ethnic bias

Steering Committee member, current