Assistant Professor, African Studies Program
Ken Opalo is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. His research interests include legislative politics, subnational administration and local government and the political economy of development. 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. Opalo’s current research projects include studies of the politics of service provision and accountability under devolved government in Kenya and education sector reforms in Tanzania. His works have been published in the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, Governance, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies. 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.