Jacob Lewis

Doctoral Candidate

I came to the study of political science by way of psychology, which I studied during undergrad. I hold a masters degree in public policy, and have spent several years living in France and Denmark. Before beginning my doctoral studies, I worked in international development, where I worked and traveled throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

My research focuses on the intersection of political corruption and collective action, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, I am interested in examining the ways in which political corruption motivates and hinders collective political behavior. In particular, I am interested in contentious political action and violence. I am also interested in the interaction of ethnicity and political behavior, as well as institutional change in response to crisis.

I work with Paul Huth in researching rebel and terrorist groups, and am currently focusing on the Syrian Civil War. I also work with Uppsala University's One-Sided Violence project.

Areas of Interest:
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Corruption
  • Collective Action
  • Conflict
  • Ethnicity
  • Institutions
Personal Website:
  • MA International Affairs & Public Policy
  • BA Psychology

I research the intersection of pervasive political corruption and collective action in Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, I am interested in the development of grievances and the way in which such grievances are demonstrated by individuals, social movemen

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4116 Chincoteague Hall
Department of Government and Politics
Email: jslewis@umd.edu
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