Ken Ochieng' Opalo

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Georgetown University

Ken Opalo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research interests include legislative politics, subnational administration and local government, electoral politics, and the political economy of development in Africa. His first book, titled Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Post-Colonial Legacies (Cambridge University Press, 2019), explores how the adaptation of inherited colonial legislative institutional forms and practices continue to structure
and influence contemporary politics and policy outcomes in Africa. His works have been published in the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Eastern African Studies, and Governance. He is a member of EGAP (Evidence in Governance and Politics), gui2de (Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation)
and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. Ken earned his BA from Yale University and PhD from Stanford University.

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