Lauren Honig joined the Boston College political science department in 2017. Her research interests include African politics, state-building, natural resource governance, and the political economy of development. She is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the impact of customary authority on the development of formal property rights in land. This book is based on extended fieldwork in Zambia and Senegal. Her research has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences Research Council, and Fulbright. She has published work in Comparative Politics and World Development.
During academic year 2017-2018, she is teaching courses on the comparative politics of development and African politics. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston College, Honig was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame. She completed her B.A. at Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University.
The Struggle over Land in Africa: The State, Customary Authorities, and Citizens
January 2019. “Elite Defection and Grassroots Democracy Under Competitive Authoritarianism: Evidence from Burkina Faso” (with Sarah Andrews). Democratization.
2019. “Traditional Leaders and Development in Africa” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics.
December 2017. “Selecting the State or Choosing the Chief? The Political Determinants of Smallholder Land Titling,” World Development.
July 2016. “Immigrant Political Economies and Exclusionary Policy in Africa,” Comparative Politics.