Rachel Sigman


Recent Publications


"Democracy for All: Conceptualizing and Measuring Egalitarian Democracy" (with Staffan Lindberg), 

Political Science Research and Methods


"Will 'Ghana First' Protests Threaten a U.S. Military Agreement?" Washington Post's Monkey Cage  


Book Review: States in the Developing World, forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics

​​I am Assistant Professor of political science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where I conduct research and teach courses on African politics, governance, public administration and development. I am also a Research Associate with the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg.


My current research focuses on the effects of political competition on bureaucratic and executive institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. I am also working on projects related to the measurement of state capacity, the relationship between neopatrimonialism and democracy and the determinants of public service performance in Africa.