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Keith R. Weghorst

Affiliated Senior Researcher


Keith R. Weghorst is a postdoctoral research fellow at Vanderbilt University and received his PhD in Political Science from University of Florida in 2015. His research focused primary on political parties, elections, and voting behavior in sub-Saharan Africa, particular on why individuals support and run for office for the opposition in electoral authoritarian regimes. He has extensive field expertise in Tanzania, including administering several large-scale household surveys, as well as surveys with members of the legislatures of Tanzania (Bunge) and Zanzibar (Baraza la Wakilishi). He also has conducted political elite research in Ghana, Uganda, and Mauritius.

Weghorst has served as an Advisor for ILPI in Tanzania and Zanzibar in 2010-2011 and from 2012 to early 2015. He is also attached to the ILPI Centre for African Studies.

Focus Areas

  • Democracy and Governance
  • Authoritarianism

Countries & Regions

  • East Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa


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