Leonardo R. Arriola



I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. 

I am on research leave for the 2014-2015 academic year. I am currently a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Susan Louise Dyer Peace National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. 

My research as a political scientist focuses on democratization, ethnic politics, and political violence in developing countries.  

The goal of my research is to use theory and data to enhance our understanding of governance challenges in multiethnic societies. Toward that end, I have conducted fieldwork in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Senegal. 

My current book project examines how electoral violence affects multiparty competition and power sharing in democratizing countries.