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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) 660-4322
Email Address:  
Web Page:   http://sites.duke.edu/wibbels/

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Perkins 071, MW 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
    Gross Hall 105, Th 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
    Perkins 065, Tu 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
  • POLSCI 890-6.01, POLITICAL ECONOMY Synopsis
    Gross Hall 111, Th 03:05 PM-05:05 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. 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].
  2. Gadiraju, KK; Vatsavai, RR; Kaza, N; Wibbels, E; Krishna, A, Machine learning approaches for slum detection using very high resolution satellite images, Ieee International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, Icdmw, vol. 2018-November (February, 2019), pp. 1397-1404 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Brinkerhoff, DW; Wetterberg, A; Wibbels, E, Distance, services, and citizen perceptions of the state in rural Africa, Governance, vol. 31 no. 1 (January, 2018), pp. 103-124, WILEY [doi]  [abs].
  4. Pierskalla, J; Schultz, A; Wibbels, E, Order, distance, and local development over the long-run, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, vol. 12 no. 4 (January, 2017), pp. 375-404, Now Publishers [doi]  [abs].
  5. Beramendi, P; Wibbels, E, Globalization, public finance, and poverty, International Studies Review, vol. 17 no. 4 (December, 2015), pp. 677-685, WILEY [doi]  [abs].

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