About the Department
Associate Professor of Government
Nahomi Ichino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and formerly an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She is a faculty associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, and the Center for Geographic Analysis, and a member of the Standing Committee on African Studies at Harvard University.
Professor Ichino’s research interests include the development and organization of political parties and electoral politics in Africa, with a particular focus on electoral fraud and the use and impact of violence in elections in Ghana. She also works on methodology for causal inference in comparative politics. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Political Science, and American Political Science Review. She is a member of EGAP (Experiments in Governance and Politics) and her current research in Ghana is supported by NSF grant SES-0752986. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Yale University.
Deterring or Displacing Electoral Irregularities? Spillover Effects of Observers in a Randomized Field Experiment in Ghana (with Matthias Schündeln; Journal of Politics, 2012, 74(1): 292-307.)
Primaries on Demand? Intra-Party Politics and Nominations in Ghana (with Noah Nathan; 2012, British Journal of Political Science, 42(4): 769-91.)
Do Primaries Improve Electoral Performance? Clientelism and Intra-Party Politics in Ghana (with Noah Nathan; forthcoming, and published online in Early View, American Journal of Political Science)
Crossing the Line: Local Ethnic Geography and Voting in Ghana (with Noah L. Nathan; forthcoming, American Political Science Review)
Using Qualitative Information to Improve Causal Inference (with Adam Glynn; currently under revision)
Increasing Inferential Leverage in the Comparative Method: Placebo Tests in Small-n Research (with Adam Glynn; October 2012 version)
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Gov 2105: Comparative Politics Field Seminar (grad)
Gov 2227: Politics and Economics of Africa (grad)
Gov 2010: Design for Political Inquiry (grad)
Gov 1197: Political Economy of Africa (undergrad lecture)
Gov 1111: Democratic and Authoritarian Institutions: How Regimes Work (undergrad lecture)
Gov 90bg: Parties and Elections in Developing Countries (undergrad seminar)
Gov 98ni: Topics in African Politics (undergrad seminar, spring 2012)