Soeren Henn


Soeren J. Henn’s research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy and development economics. He studies the politics of development with a focus on fragile state settings, informal institutions, and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the Great Lakes region, and Latin America. Using a range of methods, from field and natural experiments to qualitative interviews, his research aims to address the overarching question of what characterizes governance in fragile states and how it might be improved.
His work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of African Economies, the Review of Economic Studies, and World Politics. Findings of his research have received coverage from Brookings, Development Impact, Global Prosperity Institute, LSE Business Review, Marginal Revolution, ThisWeekinAfrica, and VoxEU.
Previously, Soeren J. Henn was a Lecturer in Economics at Newcastle University Business School (2022-24) and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute (2021-22) and Innovations for Poverty Action’s Peace and Recovery Program (2019-21). He received his Ph.D. in Political Economy & Government from Harvard University in 2019. Before graduate school he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics with a secondary field in Economics from the University of Essex and attended high school in Rwanda and Canada.