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Evan Lieberman


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Evan Lieberman is a professor of political science and holds the Total Chair on  Contemporary Africa at MIT.

Previously, he was a member of the faculty at Princeton University, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Yale University, and an honorary research associate at the University of Cape Town. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Princeton. Lieberman’s research is primarily concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of ethnic/racial identification and conflict; the role of democratic institutions in multi-ethnic societies; and the development of state capacities. His scholarly articles have appeared in World Politics, the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Social Science and Medicine, and other journals. Lieberman serves on the board of directors of the Friends of the Legal Resources Centre Foundation, the international advisory board of the African School of Economics, co-coordinates the Boston-Area Working Group on African Political-Economy (BWGAPE), and is a member of the E-GAP network. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review and World Politics.


  • David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award, from the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section of the American Political Science Association
  • Giovanni Sartori Book Prize (Boundaries of Contagion), from the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section of the American Political Science Association

Relevant Publications

  • Lieberman, E., & Singh, P. (2017). Census enumeration and group conflict: A global analysis of the consequences of counting. World Politics, 69(1), 1-53.
  • Lieberman, E., & de Kadt, D. (2017). Nuanced accountability: Voter responses to basic service provision in South Africa. British Journal of Political Science, 1-31. DOI:
  • Lieberman, E., & McClendon, G.H. (2013). The ethnicity-policy preference link in sub-Saharan Africa. Comparative Political Studies, 46(5), 574-602. DOI:
  • Lieberman, E. (2009). Boundaries of contagion: How ethnic politics have shaped government responses to AIDS. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  • Lieberman, E. (2003). Race and regionalism in the politics of taxation in Brazil and South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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