James D. Long is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He is a faculty affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley.Previously, he was a dissertation fellow at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace, and a Fulbright Scholar. His research focuses on elections in fragile and developing countries, including the determinants of voting behavior and turnout, the dynamics of electoral fraud, the impact of ICT on corruption monitoring, the causes of electoral violence, and the effects of civil war and insurgency on state-building and development. He studies these issues in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan. He mixes quantitative, experimental, and qualitative field research methods, including household surveys, exit polls, field experiments, randomized control trials/impact evaluation, election forensics, and ethnography. In 2010, he served as Democracy International’s Research Director for their Election Observation mission for Afghanistan, and has observed additional elections in Kenya (2013), Egypt (2011), Uganda (2011), Afghanistan (2009) , Ghana (2008), and Kenya (2007). He received a PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego, an MSc (with Merit) in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and BA (High Honors) in International Relations and History from the College of William & Mary.
Photo above: First day of polling for Southern Sudan’s self-determination referendum. UN Photo/TIM MCKULKA