Kate Baldwin is an assistant professor of political science and a faculty fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Her current research projects examine how community-level institutions interact with the national state to affect development, democracy and conflict, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Politics. Her article “Why Vote with the Chief? Political Connections and Public Goods Provision in Zambia” won the 2014 award for the best article published in the previous volume of the American Journal of Political Science.