Leonardo R. Arriola is Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies the challenges associated with representation and governance in multiethnic societies. His research examines inter-ethnic political cooperation, party competition under ethnic polarization, and political violence in divided societies. His award-winning research has been published in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Journal of Politics along with books published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. His work has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, U.S. Department of Defense, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP). He is the co-editor of Africa Spectrum, an interdisciplinary journal published by the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), an associated senior researcher of the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway, and a board member of the African Studies Association (ASA).
Research Expertise and Interest
political science, African politics, democracy, elections, political parties, political violence, ethnic politics, electoral coalitions