(2020). Roads to Rule, Roads to Rebel: Relational State Capacity and Conflict in Africa. Journal of Conflict Resolution, Online First.

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(2020). Local Ethno-Political Polarization and Election Violence in Majoritarian vs. Proportional Systems. Journal of Peace Research, conditionally accepted for publication.

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(2020). Linking Ethnic Data from Africa (LEDA). Journal of Peace Research, accepted for publication.

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(2020). Continuity or Change? (In)direct Rule in British and French Colonial Africa. International Organization, First View.

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(2020). Who Benefits? How Local Ethnic Demography Shapes Political Favoritism in Africa. British Journal of Political Science, First View.

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(2018). New spatial data on ethnicity: Introducing SIDE. Journal of Peace Research, 55(5), 687–698.

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Working Papers

(2020). Building Tribes: How Administrative Units Shaped Ethnic Groups in Africa.


(2020). Shaping States into Nations: The Effects of Ethnic Geography on State Borders.


(2020). Indirect Rule, Cash Crop Production, and Development in Africa. Under review.

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(2019). Does Local State Capacity Foster Development in Africa? New Data and Analysis.

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Ongoing Projects


Spatial analyses of local state building and its effects on development and conflict.

Data Projects

Linking Ethnic Data from Africa (LEDA)

We interlink 11 ethnic datasets from Africa via the language tree.

Spatially Interpolated Data on Ethnicity

Collection of 253 near-continuous maps of local ethno-linguistic, religious, and ethno-religious settlement patterns in 47 countries.

Regions in independent Africa

Collection of GIS data on 1st level administrative units, independence - today.

African road network data

Time-varying GIS data on road networks from the Michelin map corpus 1966-2017.



  • Teaching Statement (pdf)

  • Political Economy of Development and Conflict in Africa (Fall 2019).
    Master of Comparative and Internation Studies, ETH Zurich
    Co-taught with Yannick Pengl. Syllabus

  • Ethnic Conflict from a Political Science Perspective (2017).
    Summer School of the German National Academic Foundation
    Co-taught with Yannick Pengl. Syllabus: English | German

As a Teaching Assistant:

  • Quantitative Methods, Master level, 2015
  • Introduction to Political Economy, Undergraduate level, 2014-2015