James D. Long

James D. Long began conducting research with ESOC while he was a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UC San Diego and a research associate at the Center for the Study of African Political Economy. James is currently an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. 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 external democracy promotion and corruption monitoring on reducing fraud, the causes of electoral violence, the political economy of development, and the effects of civil war and insurgency on state-building and development. He studies these issues in Africa and Asia. 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 Egypt (2011), Uganda (2011), Afghanistan (2009) , Ghana (2008), and Kenya (2007). He has consulted for Democracy International, South Consulting (Nairobi), UN Development Program, African Centre for Open Governance (Nairobi), and conducted field research in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Chad, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Ghana, and Uganda. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation; ESOC; Democracy International; US Agency for International Development; Qualcomm Inc.; UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; Fulbright; United States Institute of Peace; and the Institute for International, Comparative, and Areas Studies. He received a PhD 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.