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Clark Gibson

Clark Gibson is a professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program at UC San Diego.  He studies the politics of development, democracy, and the environment. He has explored issues related to these topics in Africa, Central and South America, and the United States. His current research focuses on the accountability between governments and citizens in Africa, especially during the electoral process and in the provision of public services. He is also a founder of the Center for the Study of African Political Economy (CSAPE), which consists of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students affiliated with UCSD who explore questions about the politics of Africa. He received his PhD from Duke University.

  • Political economy
  • Comparative politics
  • Elections

Enemark, Dan, Clark C. Gibson, Mathew McCubbins, and Brigitte Seim. 2016. "The Effect of Holding Office on the Behavior of Politicians." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (48): 13690–95.

Callen, Michael, Clark Gibson, Danielle F. Jung, and James D. Long. 2016. "Improving Electoral Integrity with Information and Communications Technology." Journal of Experimental Political Science 3 (1): 4–17.


Ferree, Karen, Clark Gibson, and Barack Hoffman. 2017. "Why the Salience of Social Divisions Matters in Party Systems: Testing the Interactive Hypothesis in South Africa." Party Politics, May 8. 

Ferree, Karen, Clark Gibson, and James D. Long. 2014. "Voting Behavior and Electoral Irregularities in Kenya’s 2013 Election." Journal of Eastern African Studies 8 (1): 153–72. 

Ferree, Karen, Danielle F. Jung, Robert A. Dowd, and Clark C. Gibson. 2018. "Election Ink and Turnout in a Partial Democracy." British Journal of Political Science, July 13. 

Long, James D., Karuti Kanyinga, Karen Ferree, and Clark Gibson. 2013. "Kenya 2013: Choosing Peace over Democracy." Journal of Democracy 24 (3): 81014.