Institutions and Political Inequality

New director: Macartan Humphreys

In July 2017, political scientist Macartan Humphreys joined the WZB as director of the unit Institutions and Political Inequality. The professor of Political Science at Columbia University additionally coordinates the newly established WZB research area Political Economy of Development. Among Macartan Humphreys’ main fields of interest is the political economy of social and political inequality. His main interest is in understanding patterns of political inequality. Under what conditions can marginalized populations get their voices heard in local or national politics? To what extent is political inequality driven by institutional features or more fundamental economic structures?

His research combines experimental approaches, survey research and formal theory to study the political economy of development, governance, and conflict processes. Ongoing field experiments focus on political accountability in Congo and Uganda. Macartan has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has authored or coauthored books on ethnic politics, natural resource politics, and game theory.

Macartan Humphreys’ is a founding member of the Experiments in Governance and Politics network and is President of the APSA Experiments section. He holds a B.A. in history and political science from Trinity College Dublin (1994), an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford (2000), and an A.M. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (1998, 2003).

To the profile of Macartan Humphreys in the WZB-Mitteilungen (in German)

To his personal website