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30 Years of economics for development

Rachel M.


Research Fellow

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Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
00160 Helsinki, Finland

Telephone: +358-(0)9-615 9911
Fax: +358-(0)9-615 99333
Email: rachel(at)

Short bio:

Rachel M. Gisselquist, a political scientist, is a Research Fellow with UNU-WIDER. She works on the politics of the developing world, with particular attention to ethnic politics and group-based inequality, state fragility, governance, and democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. She was previously Research Director, Index of African Governance, at Harvard University, and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics. She has also worked as a consultant, most recently with the World Bank. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Her recent research is published or forthcoming in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Democratization, Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Peacekeeping, The Journal of Globalization and Development, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Public Administration and Development, PS: Political Science & Politics, Third World Quarterly, and multiple edited volumes. Among other policy publications, she is co-author of the first two editions of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which has become a standard reference on governance.

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Rachel M. Gisselquist

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