Leonardo Arriola

Job title: 
Director, Associate Dean, Professor of Political Science
Political Science
Center for African Studies
College of Letters and Sciences

Leonardo Arriola studies ethnic politics, party systems, and political economy in Africa. His current research focuses on the formation of multiethnic electoral coalitions among opposition parties in Africa. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Senegal. He has previously been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University, a visiting researcher at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, and a predoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He earned a BA from Claremont McKenna College, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and a PhD in political science from Stanford.

Research interests: 

Political Economy, Democratization, Ethnic Politics, Sub-Saharan Africa


B.A.,Claremont McKenna College, M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University

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Language Expertise:

Amharic, French, Spanish