Alexandra Scacco, Ph.D.
Alex Scacco is a research scientist in the Institutions and Political Inequality unit at the WZB. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and previously worked as an Assistant Professor at New York University. Alex's work focuses on comparative and ethnic politics and political violence, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project, Anatomy of a Riot: Why Ordinary People Participate in Ethnic Violence, draws on original survey and interview data to unpack the relationship between poverty, membership in neighborhood-level social networks and the decision to participate in a series of deadly religious riots in contemporary Nigeria.
Alex's other research investigates the impact of grassroots-level peace-building interventions, the human costs of partition, the politics of ethnic identity change and compares methods for asking sensitive questions in survey research. Alex has done fieldwork in Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
2021. "Christian-Muslim Relations in the Shadow of Conflict: Insights from Kaduna, Nigeria'' (with Shana Warren), Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies, Melani Cammett and Pauline Jones, editors, Oxford University Press, in press.
2020. "The Aggregation Challenge" (with Macartan Humphreys), World Development 127: 104806-104808.
2018. "Can Social Contact Reduce Prejudice and Discrimination? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria" (with Shana Warren), American Political Science Review 112(3): 654-677.
2014. "Intergroup Violence and Political Attitudes: Evidence from a Dividing Sudan" (with Bernd Beber and Philip Roessler), Journal of Politics 76(3): 649-665.
2012. "What the Numbers Say: A Digit-Based Test for Election Fraud" (with Bernd Beber), Political Analysis 20(2): 235-247.
2012. "The Curse of Oil? Natural Resources, Ethnic Diversity and Nigerian Political Development," Country Studies in Comparative Politics, David Samuels, editor, Pearson & Longman Co.
"COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy in Low and Middle Income Countries'' (with Julio Solis Arce, Shana Warren, Niccolo Meriggi, Nina McMurry, Maarten Voors, Georgiy Syunyaev, Amyn Malik et al.), revise and resubmit, Nature Medicine.
"Long-term Effects of Intergroup Contact: Field Experimental Evidence from Nigeria,'' (with Shana Warren).
"Political and Social Correlates of Covid-19 Mortality" (with Constantin Manuel Bosancianu, Kim Yi Dionne, Hanno Hilbig, Macartan Humphreys, Sampada KC, and Nils Lieber).
Selected Working Papers
"Desegregating Digital Spaces: A Facebook Field Experiment in Jerusalem'' (with Alexandra Siegel and Chagai Weiss).
"The Myth of the Misinformed Irregular Migrant? Observational and Experimental Insights from Nigeria'' (with Bernd Beber).
"Coping with Partition: Wealth, Security, and Migration in Post-Separation Sudan'' (with Bernd Beber and Philip Roessler).