Department of Political Science

College of Letters & Science

Kathleen F. Klaus

Visiting Assistant Professor
Comparative Politics

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Welcome! I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University (2015-2017). I study comparative politics with specific research and teaching interests in political violence and post-conflict politics, land rights, African politics, ethnic and identity politics, and field research methods.

My book manuscript, based on my dissertation, examines the link between land rights and patterns of electoral violence in Kenya since the onset of multiparty elections. The project draws on 15 months of multi-method fieldwork that I conducted across Kenya in May 2012-2013 and May-August 2010. I have received support for my dissertation from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Strauss Center for International Law and Security (UT-Austin), the United States Institute of Peace (Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship), the Social Science Research Council (IDRF), National Science Foundation (NSF DDIG), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition to research in Kenya, I have also conducted extensive fieldwork in Ghana (2011-2012) and Malawi (2007-2008). I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and my B.A from Smith College in 2007.