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I am Kouakou Donatien Adou, a native of the Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire, a West African country. I am currently a PhD candidate in the Political Science department at the University of Missouri. My subfields are Comparative Politics, and Public Policy and Administration with a focus on Africa. My research and teaching interests in Comparative Politics revolve around the politics of development broadly defined. My research looks specifically at the origins of corruption and why some countries, sub-national entities, and individuals are more corrupt than others. In public policy, I look at attitudes toward the poor and indigenous development policies for developing countries. I am also highly interested in survey experiments, and traditional quantitative research methods.

My work is predominantly quantitative and increasingly mixed methods. My dissertation supervised by Dr. Jonathan Krieckhaus and a panel of amazing scholars uses a combination of behavioral economics, interviews, surveys, and observational data to investigate how the process of modernization shaped corrupt behaviors in Africa as we know it today. I collaborate with several scholars on multiple research projects that are either under review or working papers.

I believe that the average person should be able to have access to the amazing work produced by academics. To help achieve that objective I am committed not only to make my own work policy relevant but also make academic research accessible to a broader public through a series of blog articles that answer questions of public interest using academic findings.

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