Mitchell Watkins

Social Science Researcer and Data Analyst | PhD in Political Science

Welcome! I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019 and specialize in the political economy of development. I have held positions as a postdoctoral research associate at the Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium at SOAS University of London and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

My research focuses on foreign aid and governance in developing countries. My work has been published in Governance, Review of International Organizations, and Climate and Development. My independent research examines the impact of Chinese development assistance on recipient country compliance with Western aid conditionality, the effect of foreign aid on pre-electoral fiscal manipulation of expenditures and taxation in developing democracies, and the impact of foreign aid projects on citizens’ trust in political institutions and actors. My collaborative research focuses on how to design feasible anti-corruption strategies and has been published in Climate and Development and Energy Policy.