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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)

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Rachel M. Gisselquist is a Research Fellow with UNU-WIDER. She works on the politics of the developing world, with particular attention to ethnic politics and inequality, state fragility, governance, democratization, and sub-Saharan African politics. 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. Her research is published or forthcoming in Democratization, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Public Administration and Development, PS: Political Science & Politics, and multiple edited volumes. Among other policy publications, she is co-author of the first two editions of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a well-cited reference for governments and NGOs that has been analyzed in multiple journal articles and other outlets. She holds a PhD in Political Science (2007) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (1999) from Harvard University.

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