[6] Local exposure to inequality raises support of people of low wealth for taxing the wealthy. (with Melissa Sands). Nature, vol 586.

Paper. Replication archive.


[5] Segregation drives racial voting: New evidence from South Africa. 

(with Melissa Sands). Forthcoming. Political Behavior.

Paper. Replication archive.


[4] Nuanced accountability: Voter responses to service provision in Southern Africa. Forthcoming. British Journal of Political Science

(with Evan S. Lieberman).

Paper. Replication archive.

• Previous version available as Afrobarometer Working Paper no. 161  
• Media coverage: Fin24 


[3] Democratization and economic output in Sub-Saharan Africa. (2019). Political Science Research and Methods, vol 7, no 1. 

(with Stephen Wittels).

PaperReplication archive


[2] Agents of the regime? Traditional leaders and electoral behavior in South Africa. (2018). Journal of Politics, vol 80, no 2. 

(with Horacio Larreguy).

PaperReplication archive

• Fiona McGillivray Award for the best Political Economy paper (APSA 2014) 


[1] Voting then, voting now: The long term consequences of participation in South Africa's first democratic election. (2017). Journal of Politics, vol 79, no 2.

PaperReplication archive.

working papers & in progress

Bringing the polls to the people: How increasing electoral access encourages turnout but exacerbates political inequality. Paper.


Daughters do not affect political beliefs in a new democracy. Paper. 

(with Amanda Clayton and Nicolas Dumas).


The causes and consequences of the 1918 inuenza in South Africa. Paper

(with Johan Fourie, Jan Greyling, Elie Murard, and Johannes Norling).


Electoral accountability and state violence: The political legacy of the Marikana massacre. Paper.

(with Ada Johnson-Kanu and Melissa Sands).   


Digitizing South Africa's historical census to study the effects of (dis)enfranchisement.

(with Joachim Wehner and Johan Fourie).

- Media coverage: LSE Impact Blog


Exposure to inequality as an explanation of the Robin Hood paradox. 

(with Melissa Sands). 



Formation, fracture, and crisis: Electoral politics in post-apartheid South Africa, 1994 to 2019.


Electoral access as distributive politics [book project] 


on pause

Disengaged by choice? Why urban youth don't participate in formal politics. 

(with Kate Orkin, Adam Berinsky, and Daniel Posner).


Encouraging young South Africans to vote.

(with Kate Orkin, Adam Berinsky, and Daniel Posner).

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