Macartan Humphreys

Current affiliation:
The University of British Columbia

Professor Humphreys is internationally acclaimed for his innovative field experiment approach to issues such as the influence of resource management on civil war.

His recent research has pioneered the use of experimental approach in the study of the political economy of development. Ongoing projects include a field experiment on technological diffusion in Uganda, an experiment on political accountability in Uganda, and a set of experiments on post-conflict development and political participation in Liberia and Congo. Other research has examined ethnic politics in Uganda, the organization of fighting groups in Sierra Leone and Aceh, and the political economy of natural resource management. Professor Humphreys has undertaken field research in Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

Macartan Humphreys is a professor of political science and the director of the Center for the Study of Development Strategies at Columbia University. His research focuses on the political economy of development, governance, and conflict processes.

Professor Humphreys has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has coauthored or co-edited two books on ethnic politics and natural resources. He sits on the editorial board of the American Journal of Political Science and is a founding member of the Experiments in Governance and Politics network.  He is the winner (with Habyarimana, Posner and Weinstein) of the Luebbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics (2010), the Heinz Eulau prize for the best article published in the American Political Science Review, and the Wallerstein Award for the best article published in political economy (2007); and (with Weinstein) he is the winner of the African Politics Conference Group best article in African politics award, the Luebbert Award for the best article in comparative politics, and the Sage Award for the best paper in the comparative politics. He holds a B.A. in history and political science from Trinity College Dublin (1994), an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford (2000), and an A.M. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (1998, 2003).