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Erik Wibbels, Robert O. Keohane Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy

Erik Wibbels
Contact Info:
Office Location:  204J Gross Hall, 140 Science Drive, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4300
Email Address:  
Web Page:   http://sites.duke.edu/wibbels/

Teaching (Fall 2021):

    LSRC D243, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2000
M.A., University of New Mexico, 1996
B.A., University of Virginia, 1993

Comparative Politics
International Relations
Security, Peace, & Conflict
Political Economy
Political Institutions
Research Interests:

A Professor of Political Science, Wibbels' research focuses on development, decentralized governance, and other areas of political economy. He is the co-general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre and AidData, and he has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies and elsewhere. Current major projects include the combination of surveys and satellite images to identify slums in India and understand the conditions under which residents achieve formal recognition and successfully attract public services; an impact evaluation of a large, district-level USAID program in Ghana; and work on how the geographic emergence and spread of state authority impact long-term economic development. He also works with bilateral and multilaterial donors to improve the design and evaluation of governance programming. Wibbels previously taught at the University of Washington and the Juan March Institute and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Bland, G; Brinkerhoff, D; Romero, D; Wetterberg, A; Wibbels, E, Public Services, Geography, and Citizen Perceptions of Government in Latin America, Political Behavior (January, 2021) [doi]  [abs].
  2. Krishna, A; Rains, E; Wibbels, E, Negotiating Informality– Ambiguity, Intermediation, and a Patchwork of Outcomes in Slums of Bengaluru, The Journal of Development Studies, vol. 56 no. 11 (November, 2020), pp. 1983-1999, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs].
  3. Mosley, L; Paniagua, V; Wibbels, E, Moving markets? Government bond investors and microeconomic policy changes, Economics & Politics, vol. 32 no. 2 (July, 2020), pp. 197-249 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Tellez, JF; Wibbels, E; Krishna, A, Local Order, Policing, and Bribes, World Politics, vol. 72 no. 3 (January, 2020), pp. 377-410 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Rains, E; Krishna, A; Wibbels, E, Combining satellite and survey data to study Indian slums: evidence on the range of conditions and implications for urban policy, Environment and Urbanization, vol. 31 no. 1 (April, 2019), pp. 267-292 [doi]  [abs].

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