Jeffrey W. Paller

Institute: Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD), University of Gothenburg
Other affiliation: University of San Francisco
Research area: Urban development / City planning
Research region: Africa
Open to collaboration with: All


I am a Researcher with the Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg, and an Associate Professor of Politics at University of San Francisco. I use ethnography, focus groups, and surveys to examine the political conditions under which democratic activity and accountability develop in poor urban communities, specifically in Africa.

My research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation,  University of Wisconsin, and USF. I was a Research Associate at the Center for Democratic Development in Ghana in 2012. I received my PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the department of political science in 2014. During the academic year 2014-15, I was a Visiting Lecturer of Politics at Bates College. In 2016, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, working with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development. I curate the weekly news bulletin This Week in Africa.

Professional experience

Co-supervisor of PhD
5 year(s) -
8 year(s) -
Supervision of Master’s students
8 year(s) -
Supervision of Bachelor’s students
8 year(s) -

Other experience

Collaboration with civil society organisations
Lecturing and workshops
Survey creation and analysis

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