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Professor DAASAssociate Chair for African StudiesCoordinator of the African Social Research Initiative
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Professor Anne Pitcher’s current research focuses on the interaction of political and economic reform in Sub-Saharan Africa. She analyzes how differences in party politics and the quality of democracy affected the process and outcome of privatization in transitional countries such as Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, and Angola. The work relies on cross-national quantitative and qualitative data and draws on theories of institutions and collective action to explain reform trajectories across Africa. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the University of Michigan, she was a member of the Political Science Department at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales et du développement in Geneva, Switzerland and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In 2008, she was a consultant for the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, examining the effectiveness of the Bank’s poverty and social impact analysis with regard to key policy issues in Mozambique and Zambia. She is active in the APSA and served in 2008 as the chair of the Gabriel Almond award committee for the best dissertation in comparative politics. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association.
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