Graduate Program

Amanda Pinkston

Amanda Pinkston

Graduate Student

I am a 5th year graduate student, with interests in African politics, political economy, democracy, parties and party systems, state building and processes of liberalization (political and economic).

My dissertation research focuses on the political economy of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on the ways in which poverty influences voting behavior, campaign finance and electoral mobilization. I am conducting fieldwork for this project in Benin. Data collection should be complete by the end of 2014.

I received a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.  Shortly afterwards, I joined the Peace Corps; I worked in the Small Enterprise Program in Togo.  I have since made several trips back to West Africa (mainly Benin) to conduct field research.

Email Address

Office Locations

CGIS-South 414

Office Hours

Fri, 4-6


A Teaching Fellow for:

Sophomore Tutorial - Democracy (spr 12, spr 14);

Intro to Comparative Politics (fall 11, fall 13);

The Political Economy of Africa (spr 13)

I am also serving as the Gov. Departmental Writing Fellow (2013-14): DWF website



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