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Keith Weghorst

Assistant Professor (non-tenure track)

Keith Weghorst's research focuses on the relationship between political parties, candidacy, and legislatures in electoral authoritarian regimes.  His current book project builds on his dissertation work and studies the decision of legislative candidates to run on opposition tickets in Africa's electoral authoritarian regimes, given the opposition has little chance to win.  His fieldwork experience in sub-Saharan Africa is extensive and he is an expert of Tanzanian politics.  In addition to his substantive research agenda, he is proficient in survey methodology and recently completed a three year nationally-representative mobile phone based panel survey, one of the first ever carried out in Africa.  He was previously a Pre/Postdoctoral research fellow in Vanderbilt's Department of Political Science from 2013-2016.  He received his PhD from the University of Florida in 2015 and holds a Master's degree in African Studies from UCLA.

Representative publications

  • Bernhard, Michael, and Keith Weghorst. "From Formlessness to Structure: The Impact of Competitiveness on Party Systems in sub-Saharan Africa." Comparative Political Studies 47(12): 1707-37
  • Lindberg, Staffan I., and Keith Weghorst.  "What Drives the Swing Voter in Africa?" American Journal of Political Science 57(3): 717-34
  • Lindberg, Staffan I., and Keith Weghorst. "Effective Opposition Strategies: Collective Goods or Clientelism?" Democratization 18(5): 1193-1214
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