Jessica Gottlieb

I am Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service. I hold a PhD in Political Science and MA in Economics from Stanford University. I research democratic accountability in poor countries using field experiments, behavioral games and surveys. My current work explores the implications of clientelism and bloc voting for accountability, voter preferences and strategic coordination in voting, and determinants of the gender gap in participation in Africa. An earlier project demonstrates how low voter expectations, collusion among political parties, and discriminatory gender norms together undermine electoral accountability in Mali, where I implemented a large-scale field experiment to better understand the effects on governance of improving civic information. My work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Development. I am grateful for support from the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre, the Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, EGAP's Metaketa program, the Center for Effective Global Action, the Conflict and Development Center, and Stanford’s Global Underdevelopment Action Fund.