2019/20 First Term


Daniel Wigmore-Shepherd

Daniel Wigmore-Shepherd is a researcher with a focus on political elites and the composition of cabinets in Africa. Daniel  is the creator of the African Cabinet Political Elite Dataset (ACPED), and worked with his supervisor on the Armed Conflict Location Event Dataset (ACLED). Both projects were overseen by Professor Clionadh Raleigh at the University of Sussex.

Matthew Sabbi

Dr. Matthew Sabbi has been a Postdoctoral researcher at the chair of Development Sociology, University of Bayreuth, Germany since 2017. He holds Dr. phil. in Development Sociology from the same university. He earned BA and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His main research fields are sociology of development policy; political sociology of Africa (decentralization and local political reforms); and organizational sociology (actors’ behaviour and adaption to organizational reforms).

Anja Osei

Dr. Anja Osei is an independent researcher (Unabhängige Nachwuchswissenschaftlerin) at the Department of Politics and Public Adminstration/University of Konstanz. She received her PhD from the University of Konstanz/Department of African Studies. She is currently working on the project “Do Legislatures Enhance Democracy in Africa?” which is funded by the European Research Council as an ERC Starting Grant under the Horizon 2020 framework.

Katharina Holzinger

Katharina Holzinger is professor of International Politics at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. She has published in journals such as International Organization, European Journal of International Relations, Political Communication, Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, and with Cambridge University Press. Her research has covered environmental policy, the European Union, negotiation and deliberation, as well as traditional authorities and indigenous people.

Susan Dodsworth

Dr. Susan Dodsworth is a Research Fellow at the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham. As a MIASA Fellow, Susan will be conducting research into the impact of women within African parliaments, comparing the experience of women MPs in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Malawi. More broadly, Susan's research examines the role of political institutions (especially parliaments) in democratization and development, and the extent to which international actors affect these processes – both intentionally and unintentionally.

Gbensuglo Alidu Bukari

Gbensuglo Alidu Bukari (PhD) is a development practitioner and political economist. His currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa, University of Ghana. He is also a part-time lecturer, at the University of Education, Winneba-Techiman Campus. His areas of research span the fields of political economy, development studies, and governance and democratic studies.

Gretchen Bauer

Prof. Gretchen Bauer is professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware, USA. In 2016 she was a Fulbright Scholar at LECIAD at the University of Ghana. She is currently a Democracy and Development Fellow at CDD-Ghana as well as a Senior Fellow at MIASA at the University of Ghana. Her research focuses on women’s political leadership in Africa, in particular on women’s underrepresentation in parliament and the cabinet in Ghana.

Seidu Alidu

Dr. Seidu Alidu is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Department of Political Science. He is currently a Co-Convener and a Senior Fellow at the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) on Parliaments and Democracy in Africa.