I am an Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where I conduct research and teach courses on African politics, political economy and public administration. My current research focuses on the impacts of political competition on state bureaucratic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. I also work on broader questions about the conceptualization and measurement of state capacity throughout the world. I have conducted research in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Madagascar and Senegal.

Since April 2016, I have served as a Research Fellow with the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) where I am working on research related to the sequencing of state building and democratization, egalitarian forms of democracy and the use of expert survey data to understand political phenomena in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rachel Sigman